Two presumably homeless individuals who frequent the Castro neighborhood have been ordered to stay away from two area businesses in the last several months, and those orders last for four years.
The streets of the Castro have been notably home to a small but significant population of homeless and/or drug-addicted and/or mentally ill individuals over the last decade. And the owners of area businesses have frequently blamed these individuals for declining retail activity in the neighborhood. In two recent cases, the repeated actions of two individuals against specific businesses resulted in restraining orders being filed by business owners — something that allows them potentially more attention from police if and when these people return.
As the Bay Area Reporter reports this week, Orphan Andy's owner William Pung filed a restraining order against 44-year-old Ronald Mitchell in May. The order prohibits Mitchell from coming within 50 yards of the diner.
"He was threatening me and one of my waiters and that's what instigated it," Pung said, noting the Mitchell would also ring the doorbell of his home at 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. And Pung says that at one point he was shouting racially motivated, nonsensical things like, "You know what Koreans do to Americans? They murder them."
In a separate case, an individual known to police and identified as Kennith Cargile, who goes by Kenny, was allegedly hanging out outside Ritual Coffee and Skin on Market (both on Noe Street in ground-floor units of 2299 Market Street) and harassing female employees who worked in both businesses. The owner of Ritual Coffee filed a restraining order against Cargile in June which is in place for the next four years.
Pung tells the B.A.R. that he's familiar with that guy too. "I think everyone knows Kenny," he said. "He's kind of a nuisance."
District Supervisor Rafael Mandelman tells the B.A.R., "I think a lot of people are fed up and I am fed up," adding that some businesses — like IXIA on Market Street — have closed because of intimidating individuals coming into stores and harassing owners and customers. "I've been pushing for more behavioral health resources and more of a response from the police. We have a new DA, and we're going to have to work with Chesa Boudin and hope he takes this seriously," Mandelman says.