Francisco Vargas-Osorio is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking, vandalism, receiving a stolen vehicle and vehicle theft for carjacking a SFFD Ambulance in August
San Francisco, CA – Today, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced multiple felony charges against Francisco Vargas-Osorio. Vargas-Osorio is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking, vandalism, receiving a stolen vehicle and vehicle theft in connection to the carjacking of a San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) ambulance on August 29, 2022. The carjacking occurred in in the parking lot of 1717 Harrison Street (Best Buy). Unprovoked, and wielding a wooden post, the suspect approached the ambulance and began banging on it. Two Emergency Medical Technicians who were in the ambulance at the time were unharmed, although, the suspect did commandeer the ambulance and tried to run them over as they fled the ambulance.
“Vargas-Osorio will be held accountable for these crimes, as senseless, unprovoked, violent attacks are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “Although I am grateful no one was harmed, attacking on duty EMTs endangers all of us as we depend on these brave individuals to render life-saving aid when we are at our most vulnerable, and in desperate need of medical attention.”
As a result of these crimes the SFFD ambulance was taken out of service for several weeks for repairs. Each ambulance is critical to the Fire Department’s life-saving rescue efforts.
San Francisco Police Department investigators obtained a warrant for Vargas-Osorio’s arrest following an investigation. He has been in custody since his arrest on December 8, 2022. Prosecutors sought pre-trial detention in this case because of the public safety risk he poses. He faces fifteen years to life in State Prison if convicted of all charges.
Although, charges have been filed, this remains an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.
Court Number: 22014960