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Chief’s Community Update

March 14, 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:

New Police Officer in the Community!

Officer Spencer Lawrence joined the East Palo Alto Police Department on Monday.  He is a 2015 graduate from the South Bay Regional Public Safety Academy and also serves as a US Marine Corps. Reservist.  Spencer spent much of his life growing up in the Bay Area but as a child, he spent a few years living in the Middle East.  He will begin training in the patrol division next week so please watch for him and be sure to welcome him to the community.

Crime and Arrests:    

March 7, 2018                 10:06 AM                  1900 block of Manhattan Avenue

The suspect had an active restraining order keeping him from a residence on the 1900 block of Manhattan Avenue.  Police were dispatched and found the suspect laying on the floor in the apartment that he is restrained from visiting.  The suspect was arrested and booked into the County Jail.

March 9, 2018                  4:23 AM                     2800 block of Illinois Street

The suspect was pulled over for a vehicle code infraction and provided the officer with a California identification card and said his license was suspended.    A records check confirmed the license was suspended.  The suspect was cited and released from the scene. 

March 9, 2018                   10:30 AM                    2300 block of Dumbarton Avenue

The suspect, Mariam Taimani, was caught on home surveillance camera stealing mail from a residence.  When the officer viewed the surveillance video, she recognized Taimani as a known mail thief.  On March 9, 2018 Officers located Taimani riding her bicycle and wearing the same shoes as in the video.  Taimani was in possession of additional stolen mail during her arrest.  During an interview, Taimani confessed to the crime.  Taimani was on probation at the time of this arrest, however her probation officer would not authorize a probation hold.  Taimani was booked into the County Jail without a hold.

March 10, 2018                                                  

Mariam Taimani was released from the County Jail on yesterdays arrest and went to a house on the 2100 block of Oakwood Drive.  She was still wearing the same shoes whe she walked onto the front porch of a house where a white bag was located.  She inspected the white bag and saw it was not a package and left it on the porch.  She was located by patrol officers at a different location and admitted to being at the house on Oakwood, but provided several different reasons for being there.  Taimani was booked into the County Jail for trespassing and violating her probation.

March 2018 Beat Meeting Schedule

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Four

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall

(2415 University Ave, EPA, CA 94303)

The March Newsletter is available online at the following link:


This year, National Night Out is on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. 

Applications are currently available on the city website for those of you wanting to host a location this year.


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.