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Chief’s Community Update

September 12, 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:

 

Clean Zone Event:

 

On Saturday, September 8th, 2018, we had a CLEAN ZONE event at the following locations. The below listed community based organizations participated;

 

Participants:

>Church of Tonga

>Siasi Konisitutone Tauataina O America

Locations:

 

Litter Cleanup

Jack Farrel Park/Fordham/Bay/Illinois/Purdue 

Litter Cleanup

St Francis/Gloria/Kavanaugh/University/Bay

The total amount of garbage collected was 25- large 33-gallons bags of trash and other miscellaneous bags of trash.

 

 

Crime and Arrests:   

 

September 6, 2018                              8:19 PM                  Chevron Gas Station

The suspect Terry Lee Gaines (55 year old EPA resident), was once again trespassing at the Chevron Gas Station.  Gaines has been arrested 64 previous times for trespassing at the Chevron Station, making this arrest his 65th arrest.  Gaines is also on probation for trespassing at the Chevron Station.  When officers arrived at the Chevron and tried to contact Gaines, he fled on his bicycle and got away.  Later that night, Gaines was located on Pulgas Avenue at Beech Street and he was taken into custody.  He was booked into the County Jail for trespassing and resisting arrest.

 

 

 

September 7, 2018                              11:20 PM         1800 block of Clarke Avenue

Patrol Officers responded to the report of a man with a gun in an apartment complex.  Upon arrival, they located the suspect in the front seat of a truck and ordered him to get out of the truck.  The suspect, Hector Renteria Rosas, ignored the officer’s commands and grabbed a handgun from the dashboard.  Rosas then climbed into the backseat of the truck and tried to hide the gun.  Rosas continued ignoring the officer’s commands but eventually stepped out of the truck and he was detained.  Rosas was found with a loaded .40 caliber pistol magazine in his pocket.  Inside the vehicle, Officers found a semi-automatic handgun that had recently been reported stolen during a residential burglary in Palo Alto.  He was placed under arrest and booked into the County Jail.

 

September 8, 2018                         11:56 AM        1000 block of Alberni Street

The suspect, Willie Sledge (37 year old EPA resident), went to his cousin’s house and threatened to kill him and have Taliban gang members kill him.  A short time later, residents reported that a male was lying in the roadway on the 2200 block of Ralmar Avenue impeding traffic.  Upon arrival, Officers saw the male, Willie Sledge, lying next to an empty bottle of vodka.  When an officer shook Sledge to awaken him, Sledge recognized the Officer and began physically resisting.  After Officers were able to get Sledge into a patrol car, he started slamming his own head into the interior of the prisoner security partition.  Officers removed Sledge from the back seat for his own protection and he was placed in a restraint device to prevent him from causing harm to himself.  While being placed in the device, Sledge bit an Officer’s thigh.  Sledge was unable to be booked into the County Jail due to medical conditions so he was released into the care of the County Hospital.

 

September 9, 2018                      2:42 PM         Avelar Street and Runnymede Street

The suspect, Talenalashay Lilliani Fort, was the passenger in a car during a traffic stop.  A records check showed the driver was on probation with a search and seizure clause.  When the Officers began searching the car, Fort began video recording the Officers with her cellular phone, which she has every right to do as long as she doesn’t interfere with the Officers.  While the Officers were searching Fort walked right up to the Officers to film, which created a safety concern and impedes the Officer from doing his job.  The officers informed Fort that her actions were impeding them from doing their job and asked her to wait where the driver was calmly waiting, away from the Officers.  Fort refused to move away from the Officers and the car despite being asked to do so.  Officers had no other options but to detain Fort in handcuffs so they could continue the search.  While handcuffing Fort, she twisted her body and pulled her arm from the Officers.  After Fort was handcuffed, she was able to pull her hand out from one of the handcuffs.  Fort was re-handcuffed and booked into the County Jail.  The driver who waited patiently as the Officers did their job was cited for driving with a suspended license and released from the scene.

The September Beat Meeting Schedule is as follows:

Beat Two

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm –08:00 pm

Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program

(2411 Pulgas Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

 

Beat Three

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm –08:00 pm

Location: Peninsula Park Apartments

(1977 Tate Street, EPA, CA 94303)

 

Beat One & Beat Four

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Time: 06:30 pm –08:00 pm

Location: Community Room at City Hall

(2415 University Avenue, EPA, CA 94303)

 

The Crime Prevention Newsletter is available on the city website at the following link:
http://www.ci.east-palo-alto.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/3832

 

 

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.