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East Palo Alto Police Chief Albert Pardini provides this weekly update to the community, about various law enforcement and community policing issues. Check back each week for new information. Have something you’d like the Chief to write about? Send him a note at

           

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                                                                             May 4, 2016


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.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

On May 3, 2016 at approximately 0105 hours, East Palo Alto Police Officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Tulane Ave regarding a report of gunfire. Several citizens called 9-1-1 and reported hearing numerous gunshots. When the Officers arrived at the scene, they located a 27 year old male lying in the street.

The victim was an East Palo Alto resident that sustained at least one gunshot wound. Officers began performing C.P.R. on the victim until medical personal arrived. The victim was treated at the scene and ultimately succumbed to his injuries and died.

Anyone that witnessed this incident or has any information is urged to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department via any of the following means:


• Contact Detective Veronica Barries at (650) 353-1899
• Send an anonymous email to
• Send an anonymous text from your cell phone to 650-409-6792
• Leave an anonymous voice mail by calling 650-409-6792


Annual Fallen Peace Officers Memorial:
The annual Fallen Peace Officers memorial ceremony was held today at 10am in the plaza in front of the San Mateo County History Museum at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City. This is the annual event where each of the police officers that were killed in the line of duty in San Mateo County is remember for their sacrifice. The two Officers from the East Palo Alto police department that were killed in the line of duty are recognized during the event. 



Officer                                                                   End of Watch                                                         Cause of Death

Officer Richard Allen May, Jr.                    Saturday, January 7, 2006                                                   Gunfire 
    
Officer Joel Michael Davis                          Wednesday, June 22, 1988                                                  Gunfire

Community Interaction:

Foot Patrol:
I was able to go on foot patrol in the area of Bay/Pulgas and Weeks/Clarke twice during the past week. As always, I had the opportunity to meet with several community members and talk about a variety of issues.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: I attended the celebration and had the opportunity to address the community and meet with several of them individually. It was a great day, the weather was warm and sunny and there was plenty of entertainment for the large number of people in attendance.

Clean Zone: A CLEAN Zone event was held on Saturday, April 23rd, from 9am-1pm. The Clean Zone supported an Earth Day National Clean-up event. The areas were Runnymede, Clark, Bayshore and Pulgas streets. The groups collected 35 large garbage bags and 25 shopping carts. In addition to these areas, the Alleluia Samoan church conducted a special clean-up at the Community Church located at University Avenue and Bell Street. There were over 60 participants involved in this event.


Traffic Enforcement Operation:

On Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:30am, Sgt. Tuason, Officers Norris, Magami and Wutzke conducted school bus enforcement along the Pulgas Avenue Corridor. Their main focus was to be a visual presence for drivers that School buses are picking up and dropping off students. During the operation, they observed four (4) violations for failing to stop for a School Bus and one (1) violation for failing to stop for a posted Stop sign. While the officers were at the bus stops, they observed bus drivers as well as parents dropping off their children and waving to the officers and thanking them for being there.


Crime and Arrests:

On April 26, 2016 at 8:18am on University Avenue at Purdue Avenue:
(D.U.I.)
Officers responded to investigate a reported Hit and Run traffic collision. The officers discovered the suspect, a 16 year old male, had rear ended the victim at Bay Road and University Avenue and fled on University Avenue at a high rate of speed. The errant driver next collided with a guardrail at University and Purdue. Further investigation revealed the suspect was under the influence of alcoholic beverages and did not have a driver’s license. He was taken into custody for several violations of the vehicle code and his parent was notified

April 30, 2016 at 5:21pm on Azalia Drive and Gardenia Way:
(D.U.I.)
Officers on patrol observed a vehicle being driven and noticed a mechanical violation on the vehicle. A traffic enforcement stop was conducted and the officers contacted the suspect. They immediately noticed an odor of burnt marijuana and alcohol coming from the suspect body so they administered a series of field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the tests, the suspect was arrested for DUI, driving on a suspended driver license and possession of narcotics. The suspect was booked into the county jail.

April 30, 2016 at 8:56pm on the1700 clock of East Bayshore Road:
(Domestic Violence)
Officers were conducting a patrol check when they were flagged down by citizens reporting a possible domestic violence crime in progress. The citizens provided Officers with vital information which resulted in them being able to locate the involved parties and initiated a domestic violence investigation. They determined the suspect had physically assaulted the victim causing non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested and booked into the county jail on numerous domestic violence charges.

May 1, 2016 at 1:17am at Addison Avenue and East Bayshore Road:
(Negligent Discharge of a Firearm)
Officers responded to an activation of the ShotSpotter system that detected 8 possible gunshots. When the officers arrived at the location, they immediately began a foot patrol of the area. During a neighborhood canvass the officers located evidence of a shooting (discarded shell casings). The Officers were able to determine that no persons or property had been struck by the gunfire. The unknown suspect(s) remain outstanding.

May 1, 2016 at 10:57pm on the 2300 Clarke Avenue:
(Possession Narcotics Paraphernalia/Battery)
Officers responded to an assault in progress where citizens reported the suspect was hitting and choking the victim. When the officers arrived, they were able to detain the suspect as she attempted to flee the scene. The officers contacted the victim who had sustained numerous visible injuries that were non-life threatening. The victim informed officers the suspect had assaulted her after the victim refused to buy her (the suspect) cigarettes. The suspect was in possession of narcotic paraphernalia and she was booked into the county jail on both charges.


May 2016 Beat Meeting Schedule:

Beat Two
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program Building (2411 Pulgas Ave)

Beat Three
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Peninsula Park Apartments (1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Four
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Community Room at City Hall



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, base ball 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.


Wanted Persons:

We have several photographs of wanted suspects on the website for the community to view. To see the photographs, please select the “Wanted Persons” tab, click on the RED “Wanted Persons” icon to view the information. If you see any of the “Wanted” individuals, DO NOT attempt to contact them. Please call 9-1-1 and report the information and the police department will investigate the information you provide.


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.

Impersonator: The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning to the public to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent themselves as a member of the Sheriff’s Office in an effort to defraud them. A number of the people in the Bay Area have received unsolicited phone calls from an individual who fraudulently claims he is a Deputy Sheriff or a Sheriff’s Lieutenant. They are told they must pay fees for failure to appear for jury duty. The impostor instructs them to pay the fees by purchasing a prepaid “green dot card” or be subjected to arrest. This is a scam and you should never agree to give them any money.


Auto Burglary:
Recently, some cars were burglarized when the owner stopped to run an errand and left items of value in plain sight in their vehicle. These crimes are occurring across the Bay Area and drivers need to remember it only takes a minute to break a window and flee with portable items such as Laptop computers, purses, and backpacks. The “best practice” to follow and avoid becoming a victim is to take all valuables with you when you exit a vehicle or put them in your truck before you leave the house or work. DO NOT park at your destination, open the truck and put your valuables inside. Thieves are watching for this and know that what you are leaving behind and that you will be gone for a period of time.

Confidence scheme in the Bay Area: The victim was shopping at a thrift store when they were approached by female suspect #1. Suspect #1 told the victim she had a winning lottery ticket, but could not claim her prize because she was in the country illegally. The suspect also told the victim she was essentially "down and out" and any financial assistance would be appreciated. Then female suspect #2 approached stating she overheard the conversation and was willing to help suspect #1 and encouraged the victim to do the same. Ultimately the two suspects gained the victim's trust. The victim withdrew several thousand dollars from her bank. When the suspects asked if she had more money, the victim admitted she had money at her home. The suspects drove the victim to her home and the victim gave them more cash and jewelry. The conversations took place entirely in Spanish and the winning lottery ticket was fictitious.

Bait and Switch Scam: This crime occurred in Alameda County on last month; two female’s suspects befriended a 70 year old female victim at a shopping center and told the victim they found over $100,000 in cash and would split the money with her. They drove the victim to her bank and directed her to withdraw $9,000 from her account as good faith money before they would split the $100,000 with her. After the victim withdrew the $9,000, the suspects told her she needed to withdraw additional money from a different account at another bank. As the victim was withdrawing the money from the second bank, an alert police officer observed the activity and initiated the investigation that ultimately revealed the scam and resulted in the arrest of both suspects.

Automated Teller Machine Shoulder Surfing: This crime is occurring throughout the Bay Area and community members are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings while using ATM’s. The crime of ATM Shoulder Surfing occurs while you are using the machine. A suspect will walk up behind you pretending they are waiting to use the machine when you finish. What the suspect is actually doing is trying to get you away from the machine quickly after you finish your transaction. Several ATM’s return your card at the beginning of the transaction and offer you the opportunity to make an additional transaction before they close your session. If you walk away before the session concludes, the suspect merely selects the “make another transaction” option and makes a withdrawal from your account. A “best practice” when using ATM’s is to complete your transaction and monitor the screen until it closes your transaction.



                                                                                                     
Thank you, 


                                                                                                            
Chief Albert Pardini