EPA, PA police arrest armed man in stolen car

A man driving a stolen car was arrested in East Palo Alto Wednesday after police forced his car to stop and then chased him on foot as he tried to climb a fence at an apartment complex.

When police tried to place Hugo Valencia, 23, in handcuffs, he drew a handgun from his pocket. After a brief struggle, officers disarmed Valencia, East Palo Alto Detective Ed Soares said.

The pursuit of the stolen car began when two Palo Alto officers spotted it when they were in the city on a follow-up investigation. The officers saw the car driving southbound on East Bayshore Road near Donohoe Street and notified East Palo Alto police.

Police managed to stop the car at the West Park Apartment complex on Cooley Avenue, Soares said, which is when Valencia left the car and tried to climb a fence.

After Valencia was in custody, police discovered he was out on bail after being arrested a month ago in Menlo Park on a firearms charge.

Valencia was booked on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, numerous weapons charges and possession of suspected methamphetamine.

Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to call Soares at 650-853-3131 or the East Palo Alto Police Department anonymous tip line at 650-851-8477.

-- Don Kazak


Posted by Kudos, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Great job by the officers to safely take this dangerous felon off of our streets! I'm glad no one was hurt. Thanks for keeping us safe.

Posted by Chas, a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 23, 2008 at 6:24 am

Yet another reason to eradicate the scum from EPA.

Posted by Smitty, a resident of Professorville
on Mar 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm

A word of acknowledgement for the men and women in blue who put so much on the line each and every day. Too many people believe that policing a city like Palo Alto is easy. Every police department, especially those in a growing metropolitan area, have more than enough challenges. Anyone who thinks differently is naive and uninformed. Hats off to a courageous, job well done.

Posted by CRACKERKILLER, a resident of Stanford
on Apr 6, 2010 at 2:31 am


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