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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            



May 24, 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.

Recent Events:

Several members of the East Palo Alto Police Department received an award during Public Safety appreciation day at Saint Samuel church.  On Sunday, May 21st, Pastor Bains and the members of his church recognized Sgt. Dave Carson and Officers Humrich, Wutzke, Weigand, Luaorozco, and Cancilla for the exceptional work they’ve done addressing violent crime and quality of life violations while showing compassion to the individuals.

Crime and Arrests:

May 2, 2017                        5:42 AM                            1300 block of Kavanaugh Drive

The suspect was in possession of a shotgun with a shortened barrel which is an illegal modification of the gun.   The suspect left the scene prior to police arrival and we were unable to locate him.  On May 17, 2017, the suspect was located the suspect and taken into custody.  He was booked into the County Jail for possession of an illegally modified firearm.

May 17, 2017                      11:23 PM                      Clarke Avenue / Runnymede Street

Police stopped the suspect on his bicycle for a vehicle code infraction.  When the Police Officer was getting out of his car, the suspect began yelling profanities at him.  As the Officer attempted to explain the reason for the stop, the suspect kept yelling at the Officer.  While the suspect was yelling, he “balled” up his fists in preparation to fight.  Additional Officers arrived and attempted to take the suspect into custody.  The suspect physically resisted their efforts and tried to kick them.   Two Officers sustained minor injuries and the suspect was uninjured.  The suspect was booked into the County Jail for resisting/delaying police and battery on a police officer.

May 21, 2017                      1:06 PM                           2000 block of Manhattan Street

The suspect became angry at his 14 year old daughter and kicked her.  The suspect continued his assault by slapping her across her face.  When the daughter’s 71 year old grandmother tried to intervene, the suspect punched her in her face.  The suspect was arrested and booked into the County Jail for child abuse and elder abuse.

May 21, 2017                      5:43 PM                                2000 block of Clarke Avenue

The suspect was driving her vehicle on the 2000 block of Clarke Avenue.  A Patrol Officer stopped the suspect for a vehicle code infraction.  Upon contact the Officer found the suspect to be driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, driving with a suspended license, and had two outstanding warrants (both for DUI).  The suspect was booked into the County Jail for DUI with priors, driving with a suspended license for DUI, and her 2 outstanding DUI arrest warrants. 


June 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule:

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Time: 6:30 - 08:00pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program Building (2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments (1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One and Four

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall (2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Protect your home!

The City of East Palo Alto has sand bags available for residents.  Please come to the City maintenance yard at 150 Tara Road and you can pick up 10 bags per resident/visit.  The sandbags are available Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. You may be asked for identification as proof of residency and please be prepared to fill/load your own bags.  Staff will assist seniors and those with disabilities. Please call the 650-853-5916 should you have any questions regarding hours of operation.

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.

Thank you,

Chief Albert Pardini