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Chief’s Community Update

October 10, 2018


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:

Traffic Safety Enforcement Operation!


On 10/03/18, the night patrol team came in early to address complaints regarding motorists failing to comply with the posted signs prohibiting right turns from Purdue Avenue onto University Avenue in the afternoon.  The enforcement effort yielded 32 citations for violations of the posted signs. A breakdown of the drivers cited revealed that 12 were East Palo Alto residents and 20 were commuters. In addition to the 32 citations, one driver had an active criminal warrant for making Threats and violating a court order.  The bail was $100,000.00 and he was taken into custody.


Crime and Arrests:   

October 1, 2018                    11:06 PM                 1600 block of Bay Road

The suspect Kevin Contreras was being pulled over when he pulled into the parking lot of an apartment complex.  When asked why he pulled into the apartment complex, Contreras said he had a warrant and his license was suspended.  A records check confirmed Contreras had a warrant for his arrest and a suspended drivers license.  Contreras was arrested and booked into the county jail for driving with a suspended license and his arrest warrant.


October 4, 2018                        7:00 AM              300 block of East O’Keefe Street

Members of the East Palo Alto Police Department served a search warrant and arrested Kevin Alexis Plazola Navarro (21 y/o EPA resident) for residential burglary.  On September 26, 2018 Navarro forced his way into a residence on Circle Drive and stole several items of jewelry.  Navarro failed to notice that the victim had a NEST camera inside their home until it was too late.  Upon viewing the high resolution NEST camera footage, Officers immediately recognized Navarro from previous contacts with him.  The search warrant resulted in the recovery of several pieces of the victim’s jewelry.  Navarro was booked into the county jail for residential burglary. 


October 5, 2018                         10:39 AM             Country Time Market

Officers responded to the Country Time Market for the report of a man with a knife.  Upon arrival, Officers saw the suspect Donald Lee Williams (49 y/o Fremont resident) holding a 7” long knife squared-off with the victim who was holding a 3’ long 2x4 piece of lumber defending himself.  When Williams saw the police, he fled on foot from the Country Time Market, through the Community Church parking lot and through a backyard on the 2200 block of Euclid Avenue.  On the 2200 block of Euclid, Williams stole a bicycle and began riding it eastbound on Euclid until he saw the police.  At that point, he abandoned the bicycle and ran through a property on the 2200 block of Euclid emerging on the 2200 block of Glen Way.  Now on Glen Way, Williams began running northbound on Oakdale Drive but got caught by the police before he reached Palo Verde.  When asked for his name, Williams lied and said his name was DeWayne Williams.  One of the officers who had contact with him in the past recognized him and confronted him with the lie. If Williams’ real identity had not been discovered, DeWayne Williams would have been liable for all of Williams’ crimes.  Donald Williams was booked into the county jail for several crimes including personate to make liable, exhibiting a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, and several narcotics violations.


October 6, 2018                        5:51 AM                      Chevron Gas Station

The suspect, Kenneth Owens (55 y/o Menlo Park resident), had been warned of trespassing at the Chevron earlier in the night.  Owens returned to the Chevron shortly thereafter, locked himself inside the convenience store portion of the gas station, and threatened to hit the attendant if he called the police.  When police arrived, Owens was leaving the gas station.  Owens was arrested and booked into the county jail for trespassing and intimidating a witness.

The October Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows: 

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm –8:00pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)


Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm –08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Beat Four

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm –08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall

(2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)



The October newsletter is 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.



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.