SF man accused of assault with deadly weapon after allegedly throwing explosive at officer
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San Francisco Police have announced the arrest of a man on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges, after he allegedly threw an explosive device that landed a police officer in the hospital.
Just before 11 PM on Thursday, October 22, officers patrolling the area of 22nd and Barlett Streets reportedly happened upon a man lighting a firework in the middle of 22nd Street.
When they confronted him, two large crowds congregating in front of businesses on the 3200 block of 22nd Street began throwing glass bottles at them.
Police say one person threw an incendiary device that exploded less than a foot away from one of the officers, for which the officer was hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries.
Police soon pulled surveillance footage of the area and also circulated a crime bulletin with a photo of the suspect.
On Friday, November 8, an off-duty officer spotted the suspect on the 1600 block of Post Street. Officers from SFPD’s North Station quickly responded and took him into custody without incident.
The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Nilman-Vincent Vaneywk, was booked at the San Francisco County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, possession/ignition of a destructive device with intent to injure, intimidation, willfully exploding or igniting a destructive device, unlawful possession of an explosive, and throwing, discharging, or igniting dangerous fireworks.