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Chief’s Community Update

February 20, 2019


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Recent Events:

Suspect Pleads “No Contest” to charges of negligent discharge of a firearm and brandishing a firearm at a police officer!


During this past 4th of July, East Palo Alto Officer heard gunshots and saw muzzle flash from a gun in the area of the 2000 block of Lincoln Avenue.  Next, the officers spotted the suspect Gabriel Alexander Montalvo with a .357 revolver in his waistband and ordered him to show his hands.  Mr. Montalvo ignored the officer’s commands and began running from the officers.  As he was running away, he drew the gun from his Waistband and held it underneath his arm as he was running.  Suddenly, he raised the gun up pointing it at the officers who drew their guns and at that moment, Mr. Montalvo tripped and fell to the ground.  As he fell, the gun slipped out of his hands and away from his body.  The officers ran up to him and handcuffed him.  He has agreed to a “plea” deal that will require him to serve a few years in jail.



Crime and Arrests:   


2/11/19                                   7:20AM                                              1300 Bay Road

A couple was in an argument related to a cellular phone, infidelity, and other relationship issues.  The suspect identified as East Palo Alto resident Jose Luis Valtierra Jr. kicked and punched the victim in the stomach and chest causing visible injuries.  Mr. Valtierra Jr. was subsequently arrested, transported and booked into San Mateo County Jail on Domestic Violence charges.

2/14/19                                   8:24PM                                  2400 University Avenue

Officers responded to a fast food restaurant on the report of a subject who was bothering customers and refusing to leave. Upon arrival, officers contacted Pacifica resident Mark Smith. The officers attempted to disperse Smith however he refused to leave after being ordered to leave multiple times. Restaurant staff placed Smith under citizen’s arrest at which time Officers took custody of Smith and was transported him to San Mateo County jail on trespassing and resisting arrest charges.

2/14/19                                   8:52PM                                  1900 University Avenue

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle collision, where a vehicle had collided into the guardrail median separating the lanes of traffic. A Palo Alto Police Officer observed the accident and conducted a vehicle stop. East Palo Alto Officers arrived on scene and contacted East Palo Alto resident Esequiel Gomez.  Mr. Gomez was the driver of the vehicle and displayed signs of being under the influence of an Alcoholic beverage. The officers conducted Field Sobriety Test on Mr. Gomez and determined he was driving under the influence of an Alcoholic beverage. Mr. Gomez was transported and booked into the San Mateo County Jail.

2/16/19                                   10:25AM                                1200 Jervis Avenue

East Palo Alto Officers assisted San Mateo County Probation on a probation search of East Palo Alto resident Miguel Ochoa Avalos. During the probation search Mr. Avalos was found to be in possession of a high powered illegal firearm and ammunition. Mr. Avalos was arrested and booked into San Mateo County Jail without incident.

2/16/19                                   11:18PM                                2300 Palo Verde Avenue

East Palo Alto Officers were dispatched to a physical battery of a person. During the course of the investigation, the Officers determined that East Palo Alto resident Ramiro Leon Cauich had punched and pushed the elderly victim causing visible injury. The victim was treated for his injuries by Paramedics and was taken to the hospital by family members. Mr. Cauich was transported to San Mateo County Jail on battery and elderly abuse charges.


The February Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:


Beat Two

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm

Location: EHP Building (2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA)


Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments, 1977 Tate Street in EPA)


Beat One and Four

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm

Location: Woodland Park Apartments, 45 Newell Road in EPA)



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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.