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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            


                                August 16, 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.


School is back is session and motorist need to drive safely. The children of our city are back in school and I’m asking everyone to allow a little extra time during their morning and afternoon commute. Please remember children will be crossing the street and if you slow down, a tragic situation can be avoided.

*Our goal is to reduce collisions and prevent people from being injured. Our preferred method for achieving this goal is through compliance rather than issuing citations.

Recent Events:

Community members were asking if I am continuing with my foot patrols. I continue to walk and meet people throughout the city and I am going resume putting the information in the weekly newsletter.

8/2/17: I went on foot patrol with Commander Liu in the neighborhood surrounding Newell Road

8/9/17: I went on foot patrol with Commander Alcaraz in the Gardens and the Palo Mobile Estates. We had the opportunity to speak with many residents during our walk including a stop at Gregory’s Barber shop.

Crime and Arrests:

August 17, 2017 9:16 PM Behind Wingstop restaurant
Two suspects were loitering behind the Wingstop Restaurant drinking beer when an Officer located them. Both suspects admitted to drinking the beer and directed the Officer to the remainder of the 18 pack of beer in their car. Both suspects were cited and released for being minors in possession of alcohol.

August 12, 2017 2:31 AM Clarke Avenue / Bell Street
The suspect was riding his bicycle during darkness in the opposite direction of traffic. When an Officer stopped the suspect, the suspect provided a fictitious name and date of birth. The officer located a crack pipe on the suspect and he admitted that he lied about his name so the Officer would not search him and find the crack pipe. The suspect was cited and released for providing false information regarding his name and possession of a crack pipe. The information about the arrest will be forwarded to his probation officer.

August 12, 2017 9:52 PM 500 block of Bell Street
Officers were dispatched to a vehicle collision and one of the drivers exhibited signs of being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. The driver was administered a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed. The driver was transported to First Chance where he was cited and released.

August 13, 2017 7:24 AM 400 block of East O’Keefe St
The suspect and victim had been dating and living together for several years. During an argument, the suspect strangled the victim with his hands prior to holding a knife to her face while threatening to kill her. The suspect took a cooking pot and hit the victim on her head multiple times before taking her phone away so she could not call the police. The victim was able to escape the apartment and went to a neighbor’s house to call the police. The suspect was arrested and required medical treatment for an existing condition. While being transported to the hospital by paramedics, the suspect spit on the paramedic treating him and punched them in the chest. After being treated at the hospital, the suspect was booked into the County Jail.

August 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule

Beat Two
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017
Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm
Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program (2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm
Location: Peninsula Park Apartments (1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Four
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time: 06:30 pm ? 08:00 pm
Location: Community Room at City Hall (2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

The July Crime Prevention Newsletter is available on the city website:

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.