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Chief’s Community Update

June 19, 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.



Recent Events: 


Overdose patient saved by Officer Lopez administering Naloxone!


On June 16, 2019 at approximately 4:51pm, Officer Lopez responded to the 2800 block of  Illinois Street to investigate a reported unconscious and unresponsive person.  Upon his arrival, Officer Lopez located a 54-year old male that was unconscious and unresponsive.  A citizen was performing chest compressions on the victim with negative results.  Officer Lopez recognized that the victim was in crisis and based on his training believed he was suffering from an overdose of an Opioid drug.  Officer Lopez administered one dose of Naloxone (Opioid Overdose Medication) into the persons’ right nostril and he immediately became conscious and his breathing resumed.  The Menlo Park Fire Protection District and American Medical Response arrived on scene and assumed treatment of the victim and he was transported to a local hospital for further treatment.   



Arrest of a Suspected Child Predator!


On Wednesday, 01/16/2018, the East Palo Alto Police Department received information from the Child Protective Services of a suspected sexual predator living in East Palo Alto. The case was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division and our detectives began a meticulous investigation. Our detectives determined that the suspect had molested two Confidential juvenile Victims from 2010 until 2018. Detective Robert Weigand prepared the case and presented the facts to the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office and obtained permission to apply for an arrest warrant.


On Thursday, June 13, 2019, East Palo Alto Detectives with the assistance of the uniform patrol division, responded to 1016 Newbridge Street in East Palo Alto and served the arrest warrant. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  The case is now be managed by the office of the San Mateo County District Attorney and all inquiries should be referred to that office.


Suspect Arrested:


Jimenez, Ramiro

1016 Newbridge Street

East Palo Alto, Ca. 94303


Booked into the San Mateo County Jail on the following charges


1)    Lewd and Lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age

2)    Lewd and Lascivious acts with a child who is 14 or 15 years old and the suspect is 10 years older than the child

3)    Continuous sexual abuse of a child


Bail: $5,000,000.00



Crime and Arrests:   


6/10/19                                             1:15pm                      1200 Weeks Street

Officers responded to investigate a vehicle burglary. Prior to their arrival, the suspect was observed fleeing the scene.  The Officers met with the victim who provided suspect information and the Officers canvassed the area.  During their search, they located East Palo Alto resident Dijon Brown who matched the description of the suspect. The Officers conducted an in-field line up and the victim positively identified Brown as the burglar. A search of Mr. Browns’ possessions revealed property which was stolen from the victim’s vehicle. Mr. Brown was transported to San Mateo County Jail on vehicle burglary charges. 


6/11/19                                             3:53pm                1700 East Bayshore Road

Officers responded to a shoplifting call and met with Loss Prevention Officers who advised that they detained East Palo Alto Resident Ricardo Mendoza Rosales. The Loss prevention officers observed Mr. Rosales enter the store and place items into his shopping cart and then exit the store without paying for any of the items.  At that time, Mr. Rosales was detained by Loss prevention officers until the police arrived. The total merchandise Mr. Rosales attempted to steal was valued at over $1,000 dollars. Mr. Rosales was transported to San Mateo County jail on felony Shoplifting charges.


6/15/19                              11:20am                                            2100 Clarke Avenue       

Officers were dispatched to a investigate a subject looking into mailboxes. The Officers arrived on-scene and detained Redwood City Resident Yovani Concepion-Nava.  A Records check on him revealed an outstanding warrant for his arrest. During the investigation, the Officers located a mail box that was damaged. The Officers located video surveillance footage of Mr. Concepion-Nava damaging the mailbox intentionally. He was transported to San Mateo County jail on vandalism charges and arrest warrant charges.


6/15/19                              2:23PM                               300 East O’Keefe Street

Officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute and located the victim who told Officers that her husband had punched her in the face.  The Officers contacted the East Palo Alto Resident Mr. Gustavo Cojon-Chamale and detained him. During Officers investigation, they determined that Mr. Cojon-Chamale and the victim were in a verbal argument about infidelity which turned physical.  Mr. Cojon-Chamale was transported to a San Mateo County Jail on Domestic Violence charges.



The June 2019 Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:


Beat Two

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303


Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)


Beat One & Beat Four

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Time: 06:00 pm 07:00 pm

Location: Cabana at Woodland Park Apartment

(45 Newell Road, EPA, CA 94303)


*The June Crime Prevention Newsletter is now available on the City website, on the Police Department's publications and reports page.




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, baseball 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.