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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            



        October 18, 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. 

Crime and Arrests: 

October 11, 2017                     11:42 am                 O’Connor Street & Pulgas Avenue

A community member called 9-1-1 at 11:42 am regarding a possible traffic collision at O’Connor & Pulgas.  They believed the driver hit a parked car and was now slumped over the steering wheel.  Fire and Police units responded and found the man unresponsive.  The Fire department was unsuccessful in their attempt to revive him and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The deceased individual lived around the corner and it is possible that he parked his vehicle at that location and rolled forward into the vehicle parked in front of him.  A this point, there is no indication of foul play and it is possible they had a heart attack and passed much earlier than the time we received the 9-1-1 call.  The County Coroner’s office took possession of the individual and will continue with the investigation.

October 9, 2017                      4:10 PM                              1400 block of Camellia Drive

The suspect hit the victim, his sister, multiple times with a broom because she confronted him about his drug use.  After calling the police, the victim was able to lock the suspect out of her room.  The suspect threw dumbbells at her door until the door opened.  After police officers arrived and placed the suspect under arrest, they transported him to the police department.  On the way, the suspect became very agitated.  He started banging his head against the partition, yelling profanities, and spitting.  At the police department, the suspect was put into a restraint device for his own safety.  Prior to being accepted by the County Jail, the suspect had to be brought to the hospital for medical clearance.  At the hospital, the suspect bit the transporting officer.  Ultimately the suspect was accepted by the County Jail.

October 12, 2017        12:02 PM     Alley behind the 900 block of East Bayshore Rd

The suspect was in the alley behind the public storage facility with a bag full of spray paint.  The suspect was using the spray paint to spray graffiti on the wall.  Officers arrived and watched as the suspect continued painting on the wall.  The suspect tried to flee from an officer, but got caught with the spray paint.  The suspect was cited and released.

October 15, 2017                 10:36 AM                                          Poplar Ave / Green St

The suspect was upset with his daughter for not cleaning her room.  He chased her out of their house where she fell down.  When she fell, the suspect punched her in the face a few times, then hit her with his belt.  The daughter and wife denied any violence, but an impartial witness saw the violence occur and provided a statement to the police.  The suspect was booked into the county jail.

October 15, 2017            10:57 PM                                         2700 block of Fordham St

The suspect was driving his car on a public roadway when he crashed into a parked car.  When police arrived, an officer noticed the suspect showed signs of being under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  The suspect was administered a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed to pass.  The suspect admitted to drinking 6 beers before driving home from San Francisco.  The suspect was booked into the county jail.

October 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule
Beat Two
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time: 06:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program
(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three 
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm
Location: Peninsula Park Apartments
(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Beat Four
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm
Location: Community Room at City Hall
(2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 6pm to 7:30pm
Location: The Embarcadero Room at the Rinconada Library
(1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303)

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.