Terry Frazier, 40, was arrested today and charged in the July 11 death of 65-year-old San Francisco community activist Joseph Konopka, the San Francisco Chronicle reports:
“Police found Konopka’s body at his home on the 500 block of Ashbury Street in the Upper Haight after someone called authorities from the address. He was bound with handcuffs and his face was covered with plastic. Frazier was arrested at Sixth and Market streets on suspicion of murder, robbery, burglary and false imprisonment. He was also being held on an unrelated warrant for drug charges. According to sources familiar with the case, investigators believe that Frazier bound Konopka with handcuffs during a bondage session and disabled an automatic release mechanism. As Konopka choked on the plastic, Frazier took his laptop computer, jewelry and cell phone, police believe.”
According to the paper, Konopka was once a leader in an activist group called RAD (residents against druggies) that attempted to rid the Upper Haight, where he lived, of street-level drug dealers.