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Chief’s Community Update

December 12, 2018


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:

Two new Police Officers in the community!

On Friday, November 30, 2018, EPA resident Elizabeth Ceja graduated from the South Bay Regional Academy at the College of San Mateo.  Elizabeth began her career with the EPA PD more than a year ago working as a Community Service Aide (CSA).  After demonstrating her ability to perform her duties at a superior level, she applied for the police recruit position.  Elizabeth was successful in the hiring process and she was promoted to Police Recruit and sent to the academy.  She will participate in the new officer orientation this week and then begin patrolling the streets of EPA with her training officer next week.


Officer Vincent Chu was a classmate of Officer Ceja at the academy and he also graduated on November 30, 2018.  Vincent has had an interest in Police work since he arrived in the United States from China. Mr. Chu is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. 

Crime and Arrests:   


12/2/18                                                6:47 PM          2200 Ralmar Avenue                       

Officers responded to a report of a child abuse and contacted East Palo Alto Resident Juan Manuel Castillo Esquivel. Officers conducted an investigation and located the victim. After further investigation it was determined that Esquivel had struck the victim with his belt. Esquivel was arrested for Child Abuse and transported to San Mateo County Jail.


12/4/18                                                1:03 AM         1700 East Bayshore Road

Officers responded to the Target Store in regards to a burglary in progress. Target security had live feed of the burglary in progress and stated the suspect was currently in the electronics area.  Upon Officer’s arrival the suspect had fled the scene. Officers reviewed store surveillance and positively identified the suspect as East Palo Alto Resident Keith Rambin. Rambin was located and arrested.  He was booked into San Mateo County Jail for Commercial Burglary.


12/04/18                                              9:55 AM                     2700 Fordham Street

Officers responded to a report of vandalism. Officers were advised a female subject was striking the reporting party's vehicle with a rock. Officers contacted East Palo Alto resident Beatriz Segura nearby and detained her. The victim positively identified Segura as the subject striking vehicles with a rock. Segura was transported to San Mateo County Jail for Felony Vandalism.


12/04/18                                              1:41 Pm                      1700 East Bayshore Avenue

Officers responded to the Home Depot store on a report of a shoplifting. Home Depot Loss prevention Officers had detained San Francisco Resident Zichuan Tan. Tan was observed exiting the store without paying for any of the items in his shopping cart. Tan was arrested for Shoplifting by Officers and was cited and released with a future court date.


The December Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:

Beat One & Beat Four:

The Beat One & Four meeting has been cancelled due to the holiday toy drive.  If you wish to contribute, toys can be dropped off at 141 Demeter Street in East Palo Alto.  Checks can be written out to the East Palo Alto Police Activities League (PAL).

Beat Two:

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three:

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

A copy of the December newsletter is attached.  It can also be accessed on our city website at the following link:




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.