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Chief’s Community Update

April 17, 2019


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.


Upcoming Event:

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On Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 2:00pm, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will be conducting a test of their Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD). The exercise is being referred to as a “Shake Alert and Warning System” test at Fire Station #2 located at 2290 University Avenue.

 The LRAD is a voice and alert tone broadcast system that has the ability to provide a warning to community members in East Palo Alto during the following emergencies:

  • Earthquake
  • Flooding
  • Fire
  • Mass Evacuation
  • Civil Disturbance

What is shake alert?

Shake Alert is an early Earthquake warning system that uses technology to detect significant earthquakes quickly, so the alert can reach many people before the shaking arrives.  Fire Station #2 at 2290 University Avenue has an earthquake detection system installed to alert the community that an earthquake has been detected.

General Information:

Ryan Zollicoffer, Disaster Response Manager (650) 323-0195 or

Menlo Park Fire District, Office of Emergency Management


Crime and Arrests:   


4/8/19                                      3:40am                                                25 Newell Road

A roommate invited three subjects to their apartment and when they were asked to leave by the victim, Redwood City resident Eligio Oregel-Romero refused to leave. A verbal altercation ensued between the victim and Mr. Oregel-Romero and he slapped the victim as he was attempting to record their argument. The victim refused medical attention and placed Oregel-Romero under Citizens Arrest. The Officers took custody of Oregel-Romero and later cited him for battery on a person.

4/9/19                                      8:04 am                                   1400 E. Bayshore Avenue   

Officers were conducting traffic enforcement after receiving numerous complaints regarding drivers driving on the wrong side of the road to bypass traffic. An Officer conducted vehicle enforcement stop on a white vehicle that was observed travelling on the wrong side of the roadway. The Officer contacted the driver who was identified as East Palo Alto resident Gary Diamante Love. A records check on Mr. Love revealed that he was also driving with a suspended license.  He was cited for driving on the wrong side of the road and driving with a suspended license.           


4/11/19                                    9:41AM                                  2200 Oakwood Drive

The victim arrived at the Police department to report threats. The victim told Officers that her estranged husband identified as East Palo Alto resident Lionel Valencia had threatened her life. The victim stated she had observed knives on Mr. Valencia’s bed and when she asked him why he needed the knives, he stated he would use them to take her life. The Officers arrested Mr. Valencia and transported him to San Mateo County Jail on criminal threats charges.


4/11/19                                    11:52Pm                                 2400 University Avenue        Officers responded to a report of a domestic violence between two subjects. The subjects were in a verbal dispute which turned physical. The suspect identified as East Palo Alto resident Victor Rico was upset that he did not have food ready when he arrived at their meeting location. Mr. Rico and the victim argued which turned into a shoving match which was started by Rico. The Officers separated Rico and the victim, and determined that Rico was the primary aggressor. Mr. Rico was subsequently arrested and transported to San Mateo County Jail on Domestic Battery charges.



The April 2019 Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Beat Four

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Cabana at Woodland Park Apartments.

(45 Newell Road, EPA, CA 94303)

The April Crime Prevention Newsletter is now available online 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.



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.