Mohammed Nuru Biography, Wiki
Mohammed Nuru is the former San Francisco public works director who was arrested Wednesday, but it’s not in connection to his ongoing corruption case. San Francisco police say Nuru was taken into custody and booked for attempted robbery after allegedly brandishing a knife at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank in the Dogpatch neighborhood Wednesday.
Nuru, who was indicted on corruption and bribery allegations in January, was originally recognized as potentially mentally disturbed by the victim, according to police. According to the San Fransisco Chronicle, Nuru was director of San Francisco Public Works.
Nuru also tried to steal a bag of potato chips, sources said, but then said he was kidding.
Mohammed Nuru is 58-years-old.
Charged & Arrested
Officials say Bovis faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count to which he has agreed to plead guilty. In addition, the court may order additional terms of supervised release and restitution.
Nuru is facing corruption charges and could also face prison time.
According to police sources, the disgraced former director of San Francisco’s Public Works Department was arrested for reportedly attempting to steal a man’s potato chips with a kitchen knife. Mohammed Nuru, 58, allegedly drew out the weapon and demanded the unnamed worker’s bag of snacks at the food bank at 11.15 am on June 2, forcing the victim to run and call 911, according to a municipal police source. He later said he was joking. The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office on Thursday, June 3, declined to file attempted robbery charges against the former public works head after his arrest Wednesday.
The state of California has seen many robberies and vandalism in recent times. As early as January this year, the state was in the news when Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s SF home was defaced with pig’s head and fake blood after Covid pay blocking. In May this year, an elderly Asian man was knocked to the ground by San Fransisco teenagers and robbed in broad daylight. Another elderly man collecting recyclables was robbed in February last year, while Bay Area rapper Mike Darole was fatally shot during a robbery in May this year.
Since 2020, Nuru has been the subject of a corruption probe. In January 2020, the FBI arrested former public works director and restaurateur Nick Bovis, alleging that the two men conspired in 2018 to bribe a San Francisco airport commissioner for valuable restaurant space at the San Francisco International Airport. The $5,000 bribe was not accepted by the commissioner, ABC7 reported. He resigned from his post following the FBI indictment.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office for Northern California, the two engaged in a plot “to defraud the public of its right to honest services of a public official through bribery or kickbacks,” which they did in violation of their duties. Bovis agreed to cooperate with a federal investigation and plead guilty to wire fraud and honest services wire fraud in May 2020.
Nuru has volunteered at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank in the Dogpatch neighborhood for a long time, according to Keely Hopkins, the organization’s communications manager. Around 11:15 am., he was working with volunteers when the incident occurred.
According to Hopkins, Nuru approached a person, who was either a volunteer or a temporary worker, eating potato chips in the break room and brandished a kitchen knife similar to the ones used at the food bank. She said the victim felt threatened and phoned the cops. Nuru has claimed that he “meant it as a joke.”
No one was wounded, according to Hopkins, and the other volunteers were sent home. Hopkins stated that no one else was present at the time of the incident. A source close to the case told KTVU that a witness corroborated that it was a joke. The evidence didn’t show Nuru actually intended or tried to take the chips, the source said.
SFPD’s robbery unit is leading the investigation, the department said.
Nuru has been under investigation for corruption charges since 2020. The FBI arrested the former public works director and restaurateur Nick Bovis in January 2020, saying the men schemed in 2018 to bribe a San Francisco airport commissioner for prime restaurant space at San Francisco International Airport. The commissioner did not take the $5,000 bribe.
The U.S. attorney’s office for Northern California says the two participated in a scheme “to defraud the public of its right to the honest services of a public official through bribery or kickbacks” in violation of their duty. In May 2020, Bovis agreed to cooperate with a federal investigation and to plead guilty to honest services wire fraud and wire fraud charges.