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Chief’s Community Update


East Palo Alto Police Chief Albert Pardini provides this weekly update to the community, about various law enforcement and community policing issues. Check back each week for new information. Have something you’d like the Chief to write about? Send him a note at            



September 20, 201

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 Francisco Fausto: 

Officer Fausto is a 2016 graduate of the South Bay Regional Academy and prior to attending the academy, he earned two Associate degrees (Administration of Justice & Liberal Arts). For the past six years, Officer Fausto was employed as a security guard and was promoted to a supervisory position while working for the organization.  Mr. Fausto is bilingual and speaks Spanish & English. 

:  On Saturday, September 16, 2017 I participated in a panel discussion organized by Lisa Tealer the Interim Executive Director the American African Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC).  Joining me on the panel was Delayzio Amerson from the East Palo Alto YMCA and Dr. Joe Marshall executive director of the Omega Boys club in San Francisco.  The panel discussed many issues involving youth, young adults and seniors.  It a very informative panel that provided a lot of good information to the attendee’s.  It was also a great opportunity to discuss the numerous programs the EPA PD is involved with in the community.

San Mateo County Public Safety Memorial Mass:
On Sunday, September 17, 2107, I attended the annual Public Safety Memorial Mass at Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont.  It was a nice tribute to the public safety workers in the county that were killed in the line of duty.  As is customary, I read the names of our two officers Joel Davis (1988) and Richard May (2006) that were both killed in the line of duty in East Palo Alto.

Crime and Arrests:

September 16, 2017                    12:03 AM             McDonalds (East Bayshore Road)

Trespassing/Disturbing the Peace:

The suspect stood at the drive-through window of the McDonalds panhandling.  When a customer bought the suspect food, the McDonalds employees honored the customer’s wishes and provided the suspect with food and condiments.  The suspect returned within a few minutes demanding more food and condiments from the employees in an aggressive manner and using profanity.  The suspect’s behavior prevented McDonalds from conducting regular business and the suspect refused to leave.  When the first Officer arrived, the suspect was aggressive and lunged at her several times after she ordered him to leave.  When additional Officers arrived, the suspect was placed under arrest for trespassing and transported to the County Jail.  At the jail, the suspect refused to exit the patrol car and stated he would continue returning to businesses he was told not to frequent.  When a team of jail deputies approached the car, the suspect complied and walked into the jail.

September 17, 2017                        5:37 AM                      1900 block of Cooley Avenue

Driving Under the Influence:

The suspect was pulled over for committing several vehicle code infractions.  During the contact, the suspect admitted to drinking 8 beers earlier in the day.  A series of field sobriety tests were administered on the suspect, but he did not successfully perform them. The suspect was arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail for DUI and the traffic violations.

September 17, 2017  8:25 AM  Ecumenical Hunger Program at 2411 Pulgas Avenue

Attempted dumping of debris/False evidence of Registration:

The Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto has had ongoing problems with people dumping their belongings on the sidewalk in front of their gate instead of taking them to the dump.  In this incident, an Officer on patrol saw the suspect unloading furniture from his truck at the business.  When contacted, the suspect told the Officer that he was donating furniture in violation of the posted signs.  A records check of the suspect’s truck revealed the registration had been expired since April 2015, although it was displaying 2018 registration tabs.  When questioned, the suspect said he purchased the 2018 registration tab from somebody on the street a month ago.  The suspect’s truck was towed after the furniture was loaded back onto it.  The suspect was cited and released.

September 17, 2017                  11:53 A                           McNair & Wilks 


The suspect has been in an ongoing dispute with the victim’s son over a girlfriend.  The suspect went to the victim’s house and broke the mirrors off her van slashed her tires with a knife because she was mad at her son.  Upon questioning, the suspect admitted his behavior and explained that he had been drinking alcohol.  The suspect was cited and released.

September 2017 Beat Meeting Schedule

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program (2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments (1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat One & Beat Four

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall (2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

The September Crime Prevention Newsletter is currently posted 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.