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Chief’s Community Update

August 14, 2019

This weekly update will include information about the recent efforts of the police department and provide you with information regarding recent incidents, crime trends, and community resource information.  Please take a moment to search our website and take advantage of the features.

Recent Events: 

On 8-8-19 at 1835 hours, Officers were dispatched to a report of a group of vehicles and people at East Bayshore Road at Holland Street. The reporting party believed the people were preparing to drive recklessly and do “donuts” in a side-show type of activity. The Officers arrived and observed the people in a dirt alley between Holland and Bay streets. As the Officers approached to disperse the group, one officer located a backpack next to the people with a loaded AK-47 assault rifle ammunition magazine in it. The group began running and the officers quickly detained three persons. The first male suspect tried to fight with an officer and began pulling a pistol from his waistband but decided to drop it. The loaded pistol was recovered and found to be equipped with a device that renders it fully automatic so that it would function as a “Machine gun”.  During a Records check of the pistol, it was also reported to be stolen.

A female suspect tried to flee and resisted the officers, but she was eventually detained and found to possess a loaded magazine for the same pistol the male suspect had been concealing. The officers learned that the female was the male suspects girlfriend and they were traveling together. The third suspect was a man with an elaborate camera system and had been filming these people in the alley. This suspect was detained, and his camera system was collected. The remaining suspects ran in different directions, leaving vehicles in the street and the involved vehicles were towed for blocking a roadway. The Officers checked several properties for the outstanding suspects and further evidence and located a loaded AK-47 assault rifle with a 100 round drum magazine and three additional loaded handguns. The male and female were booked into jail. The man with the camera was interviewed and agreed to provide the film from the video he was making in the alley.

Fraud/Scam attempts:

This scam often targets older individuals who may have family members they don’t see very often.  The caller will start the conversation pretending to be a relative and say something like “this is your grandson” and they will tell you they’ve been in an accident or they are in jail.  Often, the person receiving the call will automatically respond their grandsons name “Steven”.  Now that the scammer has you grandsons name, they proceed to tell you about their situation and that they need you to send them money.  THIS IS A FAKE CALL; DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY AND YOU CAN CALL THE RELATIVE INVOLVED TO VERIFY THE MATTER.

I want to alert the community about recent fraud/scams that occur by telephone or in person. The suspect impersonates a PGE employee and demands payment for a non-existent Bill that is overdue.  The victim is requested to make a payment by using a Green-dot card pre-paid card to resolve the matter.  THIS IS A FAKE CALL; DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY. If you want to verify the matter, please call P.G.& E.

Crime and Arrests:   


August 09, 2019                      8:48am                   1800 Block of Clarke Avenue

Officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Clarke Avenue for a reported fight in progress.  The officers contact the victim who sustained minor injuries.  The victim informed the officers that he was attacked by a known suspect that brandished a knife in a threatening manner.  The victim was treated and released for his injuries on scene by Menlo Park Fire District fire/paramedics.  A follow up investigation and suspect identification in this matter is pending. 


August 09, 2019                        10:01am                 1731 E. Bayshore Road

On August 09, 2019 at approximately 10:01am, officers were dispatched to 1731 East Bayshore Road, the Cardenas Market, for a reported sexual battery.  Officers arrived and contacted the victim who reported being touched inappropriately by an unknown male subject.  The Officers were able to locate the suspect nearby and detained him and the victim positively identified the suspect.  He was arrested and booked into the County jail for sexual battery.  


August 09, 2019                             11:09am                 300 block of Wisteria Drive

On August 09, 2019, at approximately 11:09am, officers responded to a report of street level narcotics sales on the 300 block of Wisteria Drive.  The arriving, officers noticed a male subject in the area who matched the description of the person possibly engaged in illegal narcotics sales.  When officers attempted to contact the male subject, he ran away and while running from police, he reached into the front waistband portion of his pants.  Officers pursued the subject to a fence where the subject managed to jump onto the fence and was seen by police officers throwing an unknown object over it.  The Officers managed to detain the subject without further incident and when the officer checked the fence line where the subject was seen throwing the unknown item, he recovered a handgun.  The subject also possessed a magazine loaded with bullets in his pants pocket that was designed specifically for the handgun that was recovered.  A further investigation revealed the subject possessed a moderate quantity of narcotics that was possessed for illegal sales and distribution.  The subject was booked into the County jail for weapons and narcotics violations.   



August 09, 2019                              11:59pm                2400 block of Fordham Street

Officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of Fordham Street for a reported brandishing of a handgun.  The officer encountered several angry subjects, both males and females.  Some of the subjects on scene advised officers that the suspect or suspects with guns just fled the area in a vehicle prior to police arriving.  Officers immediately checked the area and located a vehicle on the 2400 block of University Avenue that matched the vehicle provided by witnesses/victims on Fordham Street.  The vehicle was being driven toward the McDonalds restaurant when police officers stopped the vehicle.  They contacted and detained three subjects in the vehicle.  The investigation revealed all the subjects were involved in the disturbance on Fordham Street and the Officers located a loaded handgun within the passenger compartment of the vehicle.  All the subjects were arrested and booked into jail for battery and brandishing a firearm in a threatening manner. 

The August 2019 Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Four

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018

Time: 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm

Location: Cabana at Woodland Park Apts. (45 Newell Road, EPA, CA 94303)

The flyer for National Night Out is currently being distributed to let everyone know where the locations are this year.  The National Night Out Flyer is attached for easy reference; however, it can also be located on the same page as the Crime Prevention Newsletter on the City website.  Here is the link:
http://www.ci.east-palo-alto.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=483

There is an additional page dedicated to National Night Out on our city website as well, and it can be accessed on the following link:

http://www.cityofepa.org/index.aspx?NID=411

How to make an anonymous tip to the police:

When providing information to the police, we need specific information about the crime or criminal.  As an example, if you are reporting someone for dealing drugs, we need to know where and when they are selling the drugs, a detailed description of them (white female, blue jeans, red jacket, baseball cap), any description of a vehicle, and any other information you have about the crime.  While I don’t expect you to jeopardize your safety to get this information it is very important for us if we make an arrest.  Not only will your tip provide us with accurate information about the suspect, we are able to serve as a witness to the crime and we can testify in court.  Please use these options for providing an anonymous tip.

You can make an anonymous tip to the police by calling or texting to (650) 409-6792.

Crime Trends:

Theft from cars and homes: Cases of suspects entering cars and residence through unlocked windows or doors when the owners are absent are increasing.  The suspects often search through the car or residence and take small items of value (cash, jewelry, electronic devices) that are easy to sell.  Please lock your car and residence when you leave.  If you want to leave a window ajar for ventilation, it is recommended that you use a locking device to prevent access.  If you notice anyone suspicious loitering in the area, please call us at (650) 321-1112 or 9-1-1 in case of emergency.