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Chief’s Community Update

January 16, 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:

The rain has returned so please allow extra time to get to your destination.  You will experience reduced visibility so please be refrain from anything that would distract you. The water and oil on the roadway will make it more difficult to stop so please create a greater than normal distance between you and the car in front of you.  If you are a pedestrian or bicyclist, please make sure the driver of a vehicle can see you before you move into the path of their vehicle.


Crime and Arrests:   


1/9/19                                                 7:35pm                      1000 Newbridge Street

East Palo Alto Residents responded to a Domestic Disturbance in progress and located the victim nearby.  The officers observed minor injuries on the victim and the suspect who was later identified as East Palo Alto Resident Jonathan Segura had fled the scene. The victim stated to Officers that she arrived home and Segura was upset and began hitting her car door. Segura gained entry into her vehicle and began punching her. The victim was treated and released by paramedics at the scene. On 1/12/19 Segura turned himself him at the East Palo Alto Police Department. Segura was transported to San Mateo County Jail on Domestic Violence Charges.

1/12/19                                               12:12am              1700 East Bayshore Road

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle collision and observed a white van flipped over and resting on the center island. The officers contacted the driver identified as San Mateo Resident Leodegario Gomezcruz who showed signs of being intoxicated. The officers conducted Field Sobriety Test on Gomezcruz and found he was under the influence of Alcohol. He was taken to First Chance sobering facility where he was cited for driving under the influence.

1/12/19                                               3:15pm                      2100 Euclid Avenue

Officers were dispatched to a fight in progress and were advised two females were fighting in the middle of the street. Upon Officers arrival they contacted two female subjects matching the description given. The officers contact Menlo Park resident Melanie Casperson and Milbrae resident Yevgeniya Khanina. During the course of the investigation Casperson and Khanina were observed to be under the influence of alcohol. Both subjects became uncooperative with Officers and were transported to San Mateo County Jail on Drunk in Public charges.

1/12/19                                               9:40pm                      2000 Pulgas Avenue

Officers observed a vehicle fail to stop at stop sign and conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle. The driver identified as Palo Alto resident Dorian Johnson, had a suspended license and was cited and released for driving on a suspended license.


The January Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:


Beat One & Beat Four: (The Beat meeting is moved back to City Hall for the month of January due to a conflict with using the room at the Woodland Park location)

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: 2415 University Avenue

(Community Room)

Beat Two:

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

Beat Three:

Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

The Crime Prevention Newsletter is available on the City website under the Police Department's 'Reports and Publications' page which can be found at the following link:







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.