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Chief’s Community Update

June 26, 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: 


Fireworks are illegal in East Palo Alto!


Please refrain from discharging fireworks in our city as it is harmful to the community.  It is a common source of structure and grass fires, it is traumatizing to pets and prevents people from getting necessary sleep so the can go to work the next day.  Extra officers will be on duty and illegal fireworks will be confiscate and people in possession of them will be arrested.  Please check the Police Department Website and our Facebook page for the Public Service Announcement we made with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.


To address the issue, the EPA Police Department is doing the below listed activities;


-A joint Menlo Park Fire Protection District and East Palo Alto Police Department flyer was produced in English and Spanish reminding people that Fireworks are illegal in our city.


-A joint Menlo Park Fire Protection District and East Palo Alto Police Department Public Service Announcement (PSA) was filmed in English and Spanish reminding people that Fireworks are illegal in our city. This will be posted on our website, Instagram and Facebook by Commander Liu.



-The Police Department will have an extra team of officers on duty to respond to all calls for service and address Fireworks violations within the law


Reporting Firework activity:

-Based on the circumstances, community members should do the following;

>If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1

>If it is not an emergency, call dispatch at (650) 321-1112 or call/text the type line.  To be helpful, the tip should include detailed information regarding the incident




East Palo Alto Police Officers are recognized for Bravery by the Redwood City Elks Lodge!


On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, The Redwood City Elks hosted their annual Public Safety Awards ceremony.  This year, Sergeant Angel Sanchez and Officer Cody Chesney received recognition for their actions and in the end, received the Elks Lodge top award for bravery.  A synopsis of their actions is listed below;


On November 10th, 2018 at 11:54 PM, East Palo Alto Officers responded to 1919 Manhattan Avenue to investigate a double-shooting. When Officer Chesney arrived, he advised there was a man in front of apartment #1 suffering from gunshot wounds and the armed suspect was last seen running into the same apartment. 

Sergeant Sanchez could see the victim lying in the open doorway critically injured and he was aware the suspect responsible for shooting both people were last seen fleeing into the apartment. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, he ran to the victim and found him in grave condition suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Due to the proximity of the suspect and the fact that he was still armed with a firearm, the crime scene was not safe for the fire department to come to the victim. 

Sergeant Sanchez knew that the only hope the shooting victim had for survival was to extricate him from the “kill zone” and move him to a safe location so the Fire department and AMR paramedics could begin rendering aid.  Sergeant Sanchez developed a plan to move the victim to a safe location without further delay and summoned Officer Chesney to help him.  Without hesitation Officer Chesney joined Sergeant Sanchez and they implemented the plan to enter the “kill zone” and rescue the victim.  Unfortunately, they knew the only way they could physically carry the victim out of the “kill zone” to a location of safety was for them to holster their firearms.  This would leave them totally vulnerable to an attack by the suspect who was armed with a gun and had just shot two people.  Realizing they had to act immediately, they holstered their firearms, ran up to the victim and began carrying him out of the “kill zone”.  As they did, both Sergeant Sanchez and Officer Chesney exposed themselves to the open door and windows as they began caring the victim to safety.

Apartment #1 is a first-floor unit that has three large windows, one overlooking the courtyard area of the apartment complex, and two overlooking the street. This was the quickest way to get the victim to medical personnel, but the path left them exposed to further danger as they must travel through an open area in front of apartment #1.

Assessing the danger but knowing how severely injured the victim had left them only one choice and that was to travel across the courtyard in front of the windows.  Sergeant Sanchez and Officer Chesney carried the victim through the courtyard and to the staging area down the street where the paramedics could render the much-needed medical attention.  After Sergeant Sanchez and Officer Chesney arrived at the medical staging area, both Sergeant Sanchez and Officer Chesney’s clothes were soaked with the victims’ blood.

Thanks to the bravery of Sergeant Sanchez and Officer Chesney, the victim was carried out of the “kill zone” to the medical staging area where he was immediately treated for major trauma.  He was transported to a local trauma center where he spent several days in intensive care and breathing by way of a ventilator.  However, thanks to the bravery of Sergeant Sanchez and Officer Chesney, the victim survived the major trauma inflicted by multiple gunshot wounds and is expected to make a full recovery.  


Crime and Arrests:   


6/19/19                        7:16AM                      1600 Woodland Avenue

Officers were dispatched to a naked subject entering a home and while the officers were responding, they were advised the subject later identified as East Palo Alto resident Behtash Moradi entered the residence and inappropriately touched two children lying in bed. Mr. Moradi fled the scene prior to the Officers arriving but they contacted Mr. Moradi at his residence and safely detained him. East Palo Alto Detectives took over the investigation and after conducting a complete investigation. Mr. Moradi was transported to San Mateo County Jail on burglary numerous sexual assault charges.


6/21/19                        6:34PM                       500 Bell Street

East Palo Alto Police Officer assigned to the San Mateo County Gang Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for vehicle code violation.  The Officers observed children in the vehicle that were not properly secured in car seats and seen walking around in vehicle while it was in motion.  The Officers contacted the driver identified as Redwood City resident Mr. Salomon Corona-Alcala and a Records check revealed his driver’s license was suspended and he was on probation with search and seizure conditions. A search of the vehicle was conducted, and suspected marijuana was found unsecured in the center console in direct reach of the children in the vehicle. The children’s mother arrived on-scene and took custody of the children. Mr. Corona-Alcala was transported to San Mateo County jail on child endangerment charges.


6/20/19                        7:06PM                       1700 East Bayshore Road

Officers were dispatched to a shoplifting call and met with Loss Prevention employees who advised they had detained a subject they observed shoplifting. The Officers interviewed Menlo Park resident Mr. Jorge Aguilar-Moralesh who admitted to shoplifting. He was arrested and issued a citation for shoplifting.


6/21/19                        9:36AM                      300 Demeter Street

Officers were dispatched to the Police department regarding a domestic dispute.  The Officers determined that a verbal altercation occurred which turned physical. The incident occurred inside a mobile trailer which was parked near a dead-end street. The Officers contacted East Palo Alto resident Mr. Richard Green and safely detained him. During the investigation the Officers determined that previous incidents between Mr. Green and the victim cumulated to today’s incident. Mr. Green was transported to San Mateo County jail on Domestic Violence charges.



The July 2019 Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:


Due to the holiday, we are combining Beat Two & Three for the month of July:


Beat Two & Three

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Time: 6:30 - 8pm

Location: Peninsula Pk. Apartments (1977 Tate Street)



Beat One & Four

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019

Time: 6 - 7pm

Location: Cabana at Woodland Pk. (45 Newell Rd)


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.