Man Arrested after Hurling Pipe Bombs During Police Chase

( – 42-year-old Daniel Garcia was arrested following a police chase where he allegedly tossed multiple homemade explosives at the cops while they pursued him.

Police were called to Saints Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco’s North Beach after an altercation during communion led to the suspect attacking one of the parishioners and briefly knocking him unconscious. The incident took place around 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 29th.

Police said that the rest of the people in the church chased Garcia outside where he brandished a knife. Police were able to arrive just in time to see him flee. During the ensuing chase, the suspect tossed multiple explosives out his car window which exploded but thankfully didn’t harm police or bystanders.

The pursuit led the California High Patrol (CHP) to take over when he entered the freeway. They chased him for 30 minutes before Martinez crashed the car. CHP reported that he did not throw any more explosives during their pursuit. After they arrested him in Martinez, CHP reported finding “unknown items” in the vehicle.

Martinez was slapped with a hefty list of charges including attempted murder, unlawful use of explosives, and numerous other crimes. He was already due to court on domestic violence charges unrelated to this recent incident.

San Francisco POA published an image of one of the devices on X (Twitter), asking anyone who witnessed the chase or happened to take a video to contact SFPD at 415-575-4444.

San Francisco recently initiated an advertisement campaign to boost the city’s tarnished image. New signs are cropping up around town in windows at local businesses that prominently proclaim “It All Starts Here.” Locals have mocked the campaign suggesting they have no idea what it’s about.

Local bookstore owner Eric Whittington declined the invitation to hang one in his window, he reserves the space for advertising books and promoting jazz shows he hosts at the store. He also said he didn’t understand the slogan, “I don’t even know what it is,” he said.

Rich Silverstein of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners said he was approached by city managers who hired him to work on the campaign. It said that the campaign references SF’s historical association with innovation. Critics have claimed it won’t help solve crime, mental health, and rampant problems with open-air drug use and homelessness.

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