SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF / BCN) – San Francisco police confirmed that officers arrested former Department of Public Works director Mohammed Nuru on Wednesday morning in connection with a knife incident.
Police said at around 11:20 a.m., officers responded to Block 1000 on Marin Street in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood.
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A victim there told police that a man approached him, brandished a knife, and then demanded the victim’s property. The victim was able to escape and notify the police.
Police identified the suspect as Nuru, the troubled former city official who resigned his post last year after being arrested by federal officials on suspicion of wire fraud.
Police say investigators have found probable cause for arresting 58-year-old Nuru for attempted theft. Nuru was then sentenced to the San Francisco County Jail.
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In January 2020, Nuru was arrested by federal agents along with Lefty O’Doul’s restaurant owner Nick Bovis in an alleged attempt to bribe a San Francisco International Airport commissioner to help him obtain a restaurant concession.
Nuru’s arrest launched an ongoing investigation into the city’s corruption, with investigators alleging that over the years Nuru has accepted numerous bribes in return for favorable treatment on the city’s contracts. city.
Since Nuru’s arrest, a dozen defendants linked to the corruption investigation have been indicted in federal court, including former director general of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Harlan Kelly and former director of the office from the mayor of neighborhood services Sandra Zuniga.
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