Patterson here saw an alligator. Turned out to be a trash bag. There's a reason they call us San Francisco's finest.
―Robert Dowling[src]

Patterson (first name unknown) was a San Francisco Police Department officer and Robert Dowling's colleague.


After a Vermis mysteriis attack in San Francisco, supernatural crime consultants Buffy Summers and Spike killed it on the sewers. Patterson, detective Robert Dowling, and an unidentified officer arrived to document the demon, measuring and taking pictures of it.

The trio was supposed to be the back up during the battle, but they arrived late due to Patterson mistaking a trash bag for an alligator. When Dowling mentioned the story, he acted grumpy and ashamed, while his other colleague laughed.[1]


  1. The Spread of Their Evil
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