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Chief’s Community Update


May 16, 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:

Shooting Investigation

On May 12, 2018 at 8:48 PM East Palo Alto Police Department responded to the report of a shooting on the 400 block of East O’Keefe Street. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, a 28 year old San Jose man, was attending a party at an apartment complex when an argument ensued with the suspect.

During the argument, the suspect shot the victim several times in the torso before fleeing the location on foot. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is listed as critical but stable condition.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has any knowledge of this incident is urged to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department via one of the following means:

Author: Commander Jeff Liu (650) 853-5904


New Police Officer in the Community:

Eric Lopez-Ventura started yesterday and he is participating in orientation this week.  Eric was born and raised in East San Jose by his immigrant parents and in 2015, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a minor in sustainable water resources from San Jose State University.  In 2017, he self-sponsored himself at the South Bay Regional Police Academy in San Jose. Eric is bilingual and speaks both English and Spanish. He will begin patrolling the streets of East Palo Alto with his training officer next Sunday. 


Clean Zone event

On May 12th, 2018, the East Palo Alto Police Department coordinated another Clean Zone event with two local churches.

Location #1: Bell Street Park and the surrounding neighborhood

Group: Siast Konistutone Tauatania O America Church

The group was successful in collecting 15 large garbage bags during their effort


Location #2: Joel Davis Park and the surrounding neighborhood

Group: Saint Marks Amez Church

The group was successful in collecting 9 large garbage bags during their effort

Crime and Arrests:    

May 9, 2018                        10:18 AM                                Chevron Gas Station

Earlier in the day the suspect, Joshua Brass, was admonished for trespassing at the Chevron Gas Station.  A short time later, he returned to the Chevron Gas Station in violation of the trespassing admonishment.  Brass was arrested and booked into the County Jail for trespassing.

May 11, 2018                      7:08 AM                                 200 block of Verbena Drive

The suspect, Anthony Drayton, was told to leave his sister’s home because he was not welcome there.  When police arrived, the victim him several more times that he needed to leave but he refused.  Eventually, the suspect got up and walked to the street where he proceeded to kick the victim’s vehicle but caused no damage.  Police detained Drayton until he calmed down.  When Drayton was released, he went to the victim’s house, jumped over the gate, and entered the property.  He was arrested for trespassing and booked into the County Jail for trespassing.

May 11, 2018                      12:10 PM                                             Taco Bell

Police were called to the Taco Bell restaurant because the suspect, Anthony Robleto, was shouting inside the restaurant and causing a disturbance.  While the officers were speaking Mr. Robleto, he told them he had a pipe.  A search of Robleto revealed that he was in possession of a smoking pipe which is commonly used to ingest methamphetamines.  At the request of Taco Bell staff, Mr. Robleto was admonished regarding trespassing and told not to return.  Mr. Robleto was cited and released for possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

The May Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Beat Four

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall

(2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

The May Crime Prevention Newsletter is available on the City Website: 


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.