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Chief’s Community Update

April 24, 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.


Upcoming Event:



Town Hall Meeting – Hosted by Mayor Lisa Gauthier and Vice Mayor Regina Wallace-Jones

Date: Saturday May 4, 2019

Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: The “City Room” at the YMCA – In the back

Address: 550 Bell Street, East Palo Alto, CA






An Access guide to Services in San Mateo County can be obtained at the Human Services Agency’s website!


The Human Services Agency's 2019 Community Information Handbook is available on the Human Services Agency (HSA) website. Please access the link below to download the Community Information Handbook in PDF (English and Spanish versions available). It is a helpful guide to the many services and resources San Mateo County has available. You can also place an order to have the physical handbooks delivered to your office.




Crime and Arrests:   


4/14/19                                    10:50am                                  200 Verbena Avenue

A couple was in a verbal dispute which turned physical. The victim confronted East Palo Alto resident Delroy Jones about a possible affair outside of their dating relationship and the argument became physical at which time Jones fled the scene and was later located and detained by the Officers. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention. Mr. Jones was transported to San Mateo County Jail on Domestic Violence charges.



4/17/19                                    11:04am                                  2 Newell Road

Officers conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation but the driver continued driving for approximately half a mile before stopping his vehicle. The driver identified as Newark resident Jesse Jones, displayed objective signs of alcohol intoxication.  Mr. Jones refused to participate in field sobriety exercises so the Officers authored a search warrant that was signed by a Judge.  The Judge ordered the suspect to submit a blood sample. Mr. Jones was transported to San Mateo County jail on charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.


4/18/19                                    9:08pm                                   2100 University Avenue

Officers observed East Palo Alto resident Terry Gaines loitering at a local gas station and  were aware he had been admonished several times to stay away from the gas station. Mr. Gaines was contacted and records check revealed an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Mr. Gaines was transported to San Mateo County Jail on Trespassing Charges and for the outstanding warrant.



4/20/19                                    9:55am                                    2500 Pulgas Avenue

A suspect entered a locked tow yard to retrieve items and was confronted by an employee. The suspect ran from the scene and was contacted by officers after being pointed out by an employee. The suspect identified as East Palo Alto resident Jimmy Cosey gave a false name to police two times in order to avoid proper identification. Mr. Cosey was found to have an active felony warrant and he was taken into custody. The employee of the tow yard signed a citizen’s arrest form for trespassing violation and Mr.  Cosey booked into the San Mateo County jail on charges of trespassing, false identification charges and for an outstanding warrant.



The May 2019 Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:


Beat Two

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)


Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)


Beat One & Beat Four

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Time: 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Location: Cabana at Woodland Park Apts.

(45 Newell Road, EPA, CA 94303)

 *Dinner will be provided for this meeting



The May 2019 Crime Prevention Newsletter is now available online at the city website.  The link is provided below:





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.



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.