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Chief’s Community Update

November 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:

Auto Burglary Arrest!

On November 9, 2018 at 12:47pm in the area of 1800 West Bayshore Avenue, East Palo Alto resident Miguel Barraza was observed using a brick to smash the rear window of a vehicle and steal items from inside. Barraza also used the brick to smash the windows on a second vehicle, causing several hundred dollars worth of damage. Barraza was located by East Palo Alto Police a short distance from the scene and positively identified by a witness. Barraza was booked into county jail on felony vehicle burglary and felony vandalism charges.


Congratulations to the members of East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT)!

During the month of November, members of EPATT are volunteering to do CLEAN Zone trash removal throughout the city each weekend.  Last weekend, they collect so much trash they filled the dumpster and had a huge pile of trash stacked for pick up.

Crime and Arrests:   


11/05/18                                              4:40AM                      800 Runnymede Street

The victim gave the suspect who was identified as East Palo Alto Resident Britney Gaines money during a previous encounter.  Gaines entered the victim’s residence and asked for money. The victim refused to give Gaines any money.  Gaines then offered sex in exchange for money, which the victim refused. The victim demanded Gaines to leave however Gaines threatened the victim with harm and continued to demanded money.  Gaines then took the victims property and fled on foot to an awaiting vehicle.  The victim provided suspect and vehicle description.  Later in the day Officers located the Gaines and arrested her for robbery and other charges.

11/05/18                                              8:25AM                1400 East Bayshore Avenue

East Palo Alto Officers have been conducting traffic enforcement in the area of East Bayshore Ave and Euclid Ave, after numerous complaints of drivers observed driving on the wrong side of the road to avoid stopped traffic.  The Officers attention was drawn to a Maroon color Hyundai that was traveling on the wrong side of the road along East Bayshore Ave. When the Officers contacted East Palo Alto resident Pricilla Teu, A records check revealed that Teu’s license was suspended. Teu was issued a citation for her traffic violation along with a citation for driving on a suspended license.


11/09/18                                              4:38PM                       2300 Cooley Avenue

The suspect identified as East Palo Alto resident Prentiss McKnight and victim were in a verbal argument which turned physical. During the argument, the McKnight got on top of the victim and began choking her not allowing the victim to breath. McKnight remained on scene while police were called. McKnight was arrested and transported to county jail.


11/09/18                                              5:00PM                       1700 E. Bayshore Avenue Between July 2018 and November 2018 Menlo Park resident Camille Calderon entered her place of employment and committed theft by embezzling over $1,500.00. Calderon was observed on video committing the crimes. She was arrested and transported to San Mateo County Jail pending charges of Felony Embezzlement and Commercial Burglary.


The November Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

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

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

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

Beat One & Four

Date: Thursday November 15, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

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

The November Crime Prevention Newsletter is available on the City website 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.



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.