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Chief’s Community Update

August 21, 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: 


On 8-8-19 at 1835 hours, Officers were dispatched to a report of a group of vehicles and people at East Bayshore Road at Holland Street. The reporting party believed the people were preparing to drive recklessly and do “donuts” in a side-show type of activity. The Officers arrived and observed the people in a dirt alley between Holland and Bay streets. As the Officers approached to disperse the group, one officer located a backpack next to the people with a loaded AK-47 assault rifle ammunition magazine in it. The group began running and the officers quickly detained three persons. The first male suspect tried to fight with an officer and began pulling a pistol from his waistband but decided to drop it. The loaded pistol was recovered and found to be equipped with a device that renders it fully automatic so that it would function as a “Machine gun”.  During a Records check of the pistol, it was also reported to be stolen.


A female suspect tried to flee and resisted the officers, but she was eventually detained and found to possess a loaded magazine for the same pistol the male suspect had been concealing. The officers learned that the female was the male suspects girlfriend and they were traveling together. The third suspect was a man with an elaborate camera system and had been filming these people in the alley. This suspect was detained, and his camera system was collected. The remaining suspects ran in different directions, leaving vehicles in the street and the involved vehicles were towed for blocking a roadway. The Officers checked several properties for the outstanding suspects and further evidence and located a loaded AK-47 assault rifle with a 100 round drum magazine and three additional loaded handguns. The male and female were booked into jail. The man with the camera was interviewed and agreed to provide the film from the video he was making in the alley.



Fraud/Scam attempts:


This scam often targets older individuals who may have family members they don’t see very often.  The caller will start the conversation pretending to be a relative and say something like “this is your grandson” and they will tell you they’ve been in an accident or they are in jail.  Often, the person receiving the call will automatically respond their grandsons name “Steven”.  Now that the scammer has you grandsons name, they proceed to tell you about their situation and that they need you to send them money.  THIS IS A FAKE CALL; DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY AND YOU CAN CALL THE RELATIVE INVOLVED TO VERIFY THE MATTER.


I want to alert the community about recent fraud/scams that occur by telephone or in person. The suspect impersonates a PGE employee and demands payment for a non-existent Bill that is overdue.  The victim is requested to make a payment by using a Green-dot card pre-paid card to resolve the matter.  THIS IS A FAKE CALL; DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY. If you want to verify the matter, please call P.G.& E.



Crime and Arrests:   


8/11/19                                    11:23AM                    1600 Block Purdue Avenue

Officers responded to the 1600 Block of Purdue Avenue after a caller reported a vehicle had collided into a parked SUV and the driver was attempting to leave the scene. Responding officers located 27-year-old East Palo Alto resident Jason Carpenter attempting to start his vehicle which had struck a parked SUV.  The Officers contacted Carpenter, who showed signs of alcohol intoxication and began investigating the collision. The Officers summoned paramedics to treat Mr. Carpenter due to the deployment of his vehicle’s airbag, but he refused treatment. The Officers evaluated Carpenter’s level of intoxication and determined he was driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. A preliminary breath test revealed Mr. Carpenter’s blood alcohol content to be over the legal limit to drive a vehicle in California. He was arrested for DUI, provided a blood sample and was transported to San Mateo County Hospital where he was cited for DUI and released to the care of medical staff.


8/13/19                                    2:05AM                      1700 Block Purdue Avenue

Officers observed a subject on a bicycle fail to stop at a stop sign. They contacted the subject who was identified as 63-year-old East Palo Alto resident Will Joseph Smith Jr. A Records check of Smith revealed him to have 3 outstanding warrants for his arrest related to theft and narcotics charges out of Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto. Mr. Smith’s warrants were confirmed, and he was taken into custody. During a search of Smith, he was found to be in possession of narcotics paraphernalia. Mr. Smith was transported to the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City where he was booked. 


8/14/19                                    8:15AM          1800 Block East Bayshore Road

Officers were summoned to an apartment complex to disperse a transient who was sleeping near the pool. The Officers arrived and contacted the described subject who provided officers with a false name. The Officers on scene where familiar with the subject from prior police contacts and attempted to detain him. The subject, Mr. Donald Williams resisted officers and a struggle ensued. The Officers were able to detain Williams and he was found to be in possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia. A Records check of Mr. Williams revealed him to have two outstanding warrants issued for his arrest and transported to the San Mateo County Jail where he was booked.


8/16/19                                    2:47PM                       2300 Block Cooley Avenue

Officers responded to a residence after the victim reported that she was assaulted and robbed by her former boyfriend who is the father of her child. The victim told officers that her former boyfriend, Mr. Joel Diaz, confronted her while she was visiting friends and struck her in the head with his fist. The victim attempted to flee while Mr. Diaz struck her approximately 4 more times in the face and forced her to the ground with the couple’s 11-year old daughter present. During the assault, Mr. Diaz took the victims purse and a gold necklace valued at $7,000.00 and fled the scene prior to officers arriving. The following day, Mr. Diaz was located sleeping in his vehicle, and he was detained by the officers. He was interviewed and denied assaulting the victim or taking her property. At the time of him arrest, Mr. Diaz had the victim’s wallet and necklace in his possession. He was transported to jail where he was booked.



The September 2019 Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:


Beat One & Four

Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019

Time: 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm

Location: Cabana at Woodland Park Apts.

(45 Newell Road, EPA, CA 94303)

 Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)


Beat Two

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, 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, 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.