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Chief’s Community Update

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            



March 29, 2017

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 March 28th at 10am, there was a theft from a store at the Ravenswood shopping center and the suspect was track to a house on Wilks street that has been a nuisance for the neighborhood.  While taking the suspect in custody, officers noticed unsafe conditions and called the Building department.  The Building department made and inspection of the property and determined that it was unsafe to occupy.  Additionally, this property was the subject of a previous criminal investigation that revealed unsafe conditions.  It appears that after the repair work was done, the occupants who are related to the owner damaged several parts of the house rendering unsafe to occupy.

Cock-fighting operation:

On March 23rd at 3:50pm, Officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Cypress Street to investigate a report of an aggressive dog loose in the neighborhood. Officers responded to the area and located a dog in the rear yard of a residence. The dog was determined not to be aggressive toward people but it was trying to attack roosters and hens in the rear yard.

While the officers were removing the dog from the yard, they located numerous roosters, hens, and chicks. They also noted numerous cages constructed in the rear yard of the home near the back fence containing a majority of the birds. The officers noticed there was a dead rooster lying on top of one of the cages, and there appeared to be two or three injured birds in cages. The Peninsula Humane Society was summoned to the scene to render aid and investigate the matter. The PHS officers located birds with injuries consistent with birds used in cock-fighting and upon looking further PHS and EPA units discovered cock-fighting equipment in an open shed. Our officers assisted PHS in arresting the responsible party for possession of cock-fighting birds and animal cruelty. The suspect was identified as Aldenni de Jesus Trujillo Santiago.

At the conclusion of the investigation, PHS seized approximately 60 birds from the yard of the residence and the City of East Palo Alto Code Enforcement team responded to inspect the yard. The Code Enforcement team found several violations, including two illegal out-buildings, illegal wiring, and a potential illegal addition to the home. The tenants were issued a warning to correct all the violations and remove the bird cages from the rear yard and remove two inoperable vehicles from the front yard.

The EPA Code Enforcement team will conduct a follow-up visit at the residence to insure all violations have been corrected.

Crime and Arrests:

March 24, 2017 at 3:24am on the 2000 block of Euclid Avenue:

(Narcotics Arrest)

Officers responded to reports of a suspicious person randomly knocking on doors.  The officers located the suspect and a records check revealed the suspect had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  The warrant was confirmed and the suspect was arrested.  During a search incident to the arrest the suspect was found to be in possession of narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia.  The suspect was booked into the county jail. 

March 25, 2017 at 9:11pm at Purdue Avenue and University Avenue:

(D.U.I. Arrest)

Officers contacted a driver during a traffic enforcement stop. The suspect displayed objective signs of intoxication and refused to participate in a series of Standardized Field Sobriety tests including a Preliminary Alcohol Screening test.  The suspect was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into the county jail without incident.

March 26, 2017 at 1:37am on the 2200 block of Clarke Avenue:

(Drunk in Public Arrest) 

Officers responded to a report of a family disturbance and contacted the suspect who was attempting to leave the residence.  The suspect was upset and began yelling at officers.  The officers talked with the suspect and eventually detained him without incident.  The suspect displayed signs consistent with alcohol intoxication and the officers conducted a records check on the suspect.  They learned he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and he was arrested and booked into the county jail.   

March 26, 2017 at 9:55pm on Daphne Way and Jasmine Way:

(Assault with a Deadly Weapon)

Officers responded to a local hospital to investigate a shooting victim that had self-transported himself to the hospital.  The officers contacted the victim who sustained injuries that were not life threatening.  The victim provided little details to officers and only claimed to have been shot in East Palo Alto.  Officers interviewed the person that who drove the victim to the hospital however, the witness was also uncooperative.  The case remains under investigation.   

April 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule:

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One and Beat Four

Date: Thursday April 20, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall

(2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

The Crime Prevention Newsletter can be viewed on the City website at the following link:


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