Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

SF shooting suspect
remains at large


Michael Sione Green(Photo: Courtesy SFPD)
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San Francisco police are still looking for the man suspected of fatally shooting Melquiesha "Mel" Warren, 23, outside a gay South of Market nightclub almost three weeks ago.

Shortly after the incident, which occurred near Club OMG, 43 Sixth Street, police announced they were looking for Michael Sione Green, 23, as the man who allegedly shot Warren and another woman. Green, whom police described as "extremely dangerous," was last seen wearing a beard and long hair past his shoulders and has been described as Tongan.

Superior Court records in San Mateo County, where police have been looking for information about Green, show that he has a violent history that includes assault and domestic violence charges.

According to people who knew Warren, she and her partner had gone with others to the club Saturday, November 16 to celebrate her partner's birthday.

At about 2:10 a.m. Sunday, November 17, after the group left the club, Warren and a friend got into a "minor" car accident in a parking lot nearby, police said in a news release.

A woman approached Warren's friend, who was the car's driver, and tried to open her door. Warren got out of the car "in an attempt to calm down the angry female suspect," police said. Green appeared with a gun and shot Warren and the car's driver, according to police.

Warren was shot in the head, and her friend was shot in the torso. Both were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where Warren was pronounced dead.

Officer Gordon Shyy, a San Francisco Police Department spokesman, said Monday, December 2 that there hadn't been any arrests in the case, and he didn't have new information to share. In a follow-up email, he said Warren's friend, whose injuries had been considered life threatening, was in stable condition but remained hospitalized.

Green is 5 feet 11 inches and 230 pounds. He may be traveling in a 2001 Mercedes with California license plate 4UIP704. The woman has been described as Pacific Islander, over 6 feet tall, in her early 20s, and wearing a red dress.

Anyone who knows Green's whereabouts is asked to call 911.

People who knew Warren have described her as ambitious and kind. She was originally from Oakland and graduated in 2012 from California State University, Sacramento with a criminal justice degree.

Violent history

Green has been involved in several violent incidents in recent years, court documents show.

According to the files, prosecutors charged him with assault with a deadly weapon by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, a felony, after a March 2008 incident in which Green, who was attending San Mateo Adult School, struck another student with a chair and kicked his car.

San Mateo Police Officer Adam Smith testified at the preliminary hearing that the victim had been left bleeding from lacerations to his forehead, a transcript says.

The victim had been talking to his and Green's economics teacher when "someone in the back of the class mumbled something under his breath, and he turned around to find out what that was," Smith said the victim had told him. Green "stood up and started yelling and came at him with a chair," then struck him on the head, the officer testified.

Green then followed the victim to his car and kicked a rear fender, leaving a dent, said Smith.

The officer also said that Green had told him that the other man had given him "a look, which angered him." He also told Smith that he'd said, "Shut your faggot ass up" to the victim before hitting him with the chair.

The attorney who defended Green in the case said that Green didn't have an adult record, according to the transcript.

In July 2008, Green pleaded no contest to felony assault. He had also been charged with a felony count of damaging someone's property, but that charge was dismissed.

He was sentenced to three years of supervised probation, but court records state that he didn't comply.

According to a deputy probation officer, prosecutors charged Green after a December 2008 incident in which he allegedly committed petty theft from a merchant.

Then, in May 2010, the officer said in court records, prosecutors charged Green with a domestic violence-related battery count after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend, with whom he was living. He also was charged with endangering his child's health and resisting a public officer.

In November 2010, according to another deputy probation officer, who cited a police report, Green violated probation by failing to abstain from alcohol, being publicly intoxicated, and resisting arrest.

Later that month, his probation was revoked and terminated. Court records indicate that with credit for time served, work, and good behavior, Green was ordered to San Quentin State Prison for a brief period. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino said that SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza requested his agency not release information on Green.

Court records show that Green and three other men were charged with misdemeanor battery after taking part in an apparent fight at Moon's sports bar in San Mateo in October 2012. Green eventually pleaded no contest in October 2013 and was granted two years of court probation.

Melquiesha "Mel" Warren
(Photo: Courtesy Sil Warren)

No word on Green's location

According to court documents, Green and two of the other men lived within blocks of each other near Highway 101 in San Mateo.

Last week, a man standing outside the James Court house listed as Green's address quickly became hostile when asked about Green and said the shooting suspect didn't live there.

"I don't know who you're talking about," he said, and he repeatedly told a reporter, "Get out of here."

Jimmy Moana Bola was another defendant in the Moon's bar case. Outside the Rand Street home listed as his address, Kalala Fononga, who said she's Bola's aunt, was watering flowers.

Fononga, who said Bola wasn't there, said San Francisco police took her phone when they came to the house November 17, the day of the shooting. Bola had never used her phone, she said.

"They made us lie down in the street," said Fononga. "Even the kids." She said police put a gun to at least one child's head.

Bola, who's "a good kid," was away at work when the police came, she said.

"We have no idea what's going on," said Fononga. Police didn't explain why they were visiting. "They were just telling us something happened in the city," she said. She didn't recognize a photo of Green that a reporter showed to her.

Another woman at the house, who wouldn't give her full name, said the family knows Green but doesn't know anything about him, and she didn't recall the last time she'd seen him.

Shyy, the SFPD spokesman, said he couldn't confirm Fononga's account, but he said police have served two search warrants in San Mateo. He couldn't say where they had been served, what police had sought, or what they had retrieved.

Asked whether police had spoken to Bola, Shyy said, "We can't go into the details" of the investigation.

Reached at his home on South Norfolk Street in San Mateo, James Leka Muasika, another defendant in the Moon's case, declined to be interviewed.

Andrew Pull Moeaki, the fourth defendant in the 2012 incident, lived on Gonzaga Street in East Palo Alto, according to court records.

A woman at the home, who declined to share her name, said that Moeaki and Green are cousins, and she's their aunt.

Without being asked, she insisted that Moeaki had been at work the night of the shooting and hadn't been with Green. She didn't remember the last time she'd had contact with Green, and she didn't have any idea where he is.

"We just want [him] to come very peacefully. ... We don't want anyone to shoot him," the woman, who referred to Green as "my beautiful Michael," said. She added, "I'm praying hard for Michael. All my family is praying for Michael."

Referring to Warren, the woman said, "We respect the lady. ... All our love is going to that family."

Police had not been to the house, she and another woman who was there said last week.

In response to an interview request, Sil Warren, Melquiesha Warren's aunt, said in an email this week, "We are preparing for her funeral," so she didn't know when she'd be able to talk.

Like Green, Bola, Moeaki, and Muasika each also pleaded no contest to a battery charge. Bola was sentenced to two years of court probation, while Moeaki and Muasika received 18 months.

Further details on Green's criminal history in San Mateo County weren't immediately available.

San Francisco police are still trying to identify the Pacific Islander woman, and anyone else that was with Green on the night of Warren's murder. Anyone with information in the case can contact the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575- 4444. People may also text a tip to TIP411. Type SFPD in the subject line. The incident number is 130 973 739.

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