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Chief’s Community Update


March 20, 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:

Award for department employees:

On Friday, March 15, 2019, the Peninsula Council of Lions Clubs recognized Sergeant Angel Sanchez and Officer Cody Chesney for their act of Valor on November 10, 2018.  During the incident, there was a shooting 1919 Manhattan Avenue where a person was shot multiple times and was bleeding profusely.  The victim was lying in the doorway of the apartment where the shooting occurred and witnesses informed the officers that the suspect who was armed with a gun was still inside the apartment. 


Because the scene was not safe for the fire department and paramedics to enter, Sergeant Sanchez and officer Chesney quickly assessed the situation and determined that if the victim didn’t immediately receive medical care he would likely bleed to death in the doorway.  Knowing the suspect was armed with a gun and was reported to still be inside the apartment with a clear shot at the police officers, they determine the only way they could save the victim was to run into the doorway and grab the victim so they could carry him to safety.  The danger to the police officers was increased because the only way they could carry him to safety was by holstering their guns so they could carry him to a safe location where he could be treated.  Sergeant Sanchez and officer Chesney ran to the doorway grabbed the victim and carried him down to the courtyard area.  Once again, they had to run through the suspects’ line of fire to get him off the property and then carry him up the street where the fire department and paramedics began treatment.


The victim was transported to an area hospital where he remained in intensive care for several days but survived.  Sergeant Sanchez and officer Chesney had to leave the scene and return to the station so they could change out of their uniforms as they were soaked with the victims’ blood.  After an extensive investigation, the 13 year old suspect was located in Southern Santa Clara County and taken into custody.



Crime and Arrests:   


3/10/19                        12:52PM                                 1100 Mello Street

Officers were called to conduct a welfare check on an individual sleeping inside a vehicle. Upon Officers arrival they observed Redwood City resident Santiago Villarreal-Juarez sleeping in the driver’s seat with the engine running. During Officers investigation they observed an open container of an alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle. Mr. Villarreal-Juarez refused to conduct Field Sobriety Tests (FST) and he was issued a citation for driving under the influence and transported to First Chance sobering facility.


3/11/19                        4:23Pm                                   2000 Clarke Avenue

The victim and East Palo Alto resident Noe Vincente Hernandez-Estrada were in a verbal argument which turned physical. Mr. Hernandez-Estrada became upset and grabbed the victim and began punching her with closed fists on her upper torso. The victim sustained moderate injuries and was treated by paramedics. Mr. Hernandez-Estrada was taken into custody, transported, and booked into the San Mateo County Jail on domestic violence charges.


3/12/19                        7:53PM                                   1700 East Bayshore Avenue

Officers were called to a report of a shoplifting in progress. While responding the officers were informed the suspect identified as East Palo Alto resident Scott Powell had taken items and was stopped by loss prevention. Mr. Powell fled from the loss prevention officer and later threw a rock at him nearly hitting him. Mr. Powell was located and detained nearby.  He was transported to San Mateo County Jail on Assault and Burglary charges.

3/12/19                        4:09AM                                  2200 Clarke Avenue

Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle which was reported stolen out of Mountain View. East Palo Alto resident Richard Thomas and Redwood City Resident Martin Castillo-Hernandez were detained by the Officers. During the investigation, they located several items used to steal vehicles and other contraband items.  Mr. Thomas and Mr. Castillo-Hernandez were transported to San Mateo County Jail on vehicle theft and possession of narcotic charges.


3/17/19                        12:13AM                                1900 Cooley Avenue

Officers were dispatched to a call of a disturbance. Upon arrival Officers were told that East Palo Alto resident Elmer Dejesus Banegas was seen peeping into the window. It was later discovered that the window was the victim’s girlfriend’s room. Mr. Banegas was contacted after fleeing the scene and was transported to San Mateo County jail on Peeping and drunk in public charges.



The March Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:


Beat Two

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Four

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Cabana at Woodland Park Apts.

(45 Newell Road, EPA, CA 94303)

The March Crime Prevention Newsletter is available online at the city website or by the following link: http://www.ci.east-palo-alto.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=483


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.