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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            



November 30, 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.

Hit and Run accident arrest!?

……Sergeant Carson had car before call came on Bay and Fordham ……alert citizen called it in PULGAS/O’CONNOR and the driver was linked to the collision….grateful owner came later and discovered the damage to his truck…..he was grateful to the alert community member and the PD for having the case solved before he knew he was the victim of a crime.

Crime and Arrests:  

November 24, 2016 at 6:53pm on the 300 block of Demeter Street:

(Violation Court Order Arrest)

Officers responded to reports of a violation of a court order and were informed the suspect was on the victim’s property in violation of a previously served restraining order.  When the officers arrived, they observed the suspect on the victim’s property and they were detained by the officers.  The restraining order was confirmed to be valid with proper service and the suspect was arrested and booked into the county jail. 

November 27, 2016 at 2:46am on the 900 block of Tinsley Street:

(DUI, Obstructing Arrest)

Officers on patrol observed the suspect vehicle commit several traffic infractions and attempted to initiate a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle.  The suspect failed to yield and led officers on a short vehicle pursuit until he stopped and fled on foot.  Officers were able to safely take the suspect into custody and he was ultimately arrested for obstruction of justice and DUI.  The suspect was booked into the county jail. 

November 27, 2016 at 10:24pm on the 2700 block of Illinois Street:

(Domestic Violence Arrest)

Officers responded to reports of a domestic disturbance in progress and contacted the suspect and victim.  The victim informed officers she had been involved in an argument over accusations of infidelity and during the argument the suspect stabbed the victim with a screwdriver causing non-life threatening injuries.  The suspect was arrested and booked into the county jail on charges of domestic abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.   

November 28, 2016 at 12:23am on the1700 block of Bay Road:

(Under the influence of Narcotics Arrest) 

Officers on patrol observed a subject seated at the bus stop and observed them smoking an unknown substance from a glass pipe.  The officers made contact with the suspect who attempted to discard the glass pipe but the officers recovered it.  The glass pipe was later determined to be narcotics paraphernalia and the officers determined the suspect was also under the influence of a controlled substance.  The suspect was arrested and issued a citation. 

December 2016 Beat Meeting Schedule:

Each month the department schedules meetings with the residents of the four police Beats in the city.  This is an opportunity for residents to meet the officers that patrol their neighborhood and the patrol supervisor.  Peninsula Press reporter Courtney Lewis attended a recent Beat meeting and the link to the article is listed below.


Beat Two:

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program (2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three:

Date: **Thursday, December 15, 2016**

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments (1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Beat Four:

The Beat One & Four meeting has been cancelled due to the holiday toy drive. (We are in the room they store the toys in)

Protect your home!

The City of East Palo Alto has sand bags available for residents.  Please come to the City maintenance yard at 150 Tara Road and you can pick up 10 bags per resident/visit.  The sandbags are available Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. You may be asked for identification as proof of residency and please be prepared to fill/load your own bags.  Staff will assist seniors and those with disabilities. Please call the 650-853-5916 should you have any questions regarding hours of operation.

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.

Thank you, 

Chief Albert Pardini