Three EPA gang members arrested after chase


When shots rang out in East Palo Alto at 2 a.m. Saturday morning, the location was immediately known to police because of its new "Shotspotter" system.

That led to a high-speed car chase over the Dumbarton Bridge and the arrest of three men described by police as members of the Taliban, an African-American street gang.

The gunfire was pinpointed at University Avenue and Bell Street and in the 2100 block of Capitol Avenue, Detective Ed Soares said.

A responding officer driving an older police car saw one car driving away from the area and tried to chase it but couldn't keep up, Soares said. A second officer in a new Dodge Charger police car then gave chase through East Palo Alto, over the Dumbarton Bridge and into Fremont and Union City.

The car being chased stopped after it hit a curb and blew its tires, Soares said, with the three occupants fleeing on foot.

Officers from Fremont, Union City, the California Highway Patrol, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department and East Palo Alto set up a perimeter and eventually arrested all three men.

Chester Best, Stoney Gibson and Oliver Ware, all in their 20s, were booked for resisting arrest, evading a police officer and possession of a firearm.

There were no injuries found as a result of the shootings that triggered the chase, Soares said. A second vehicle that may have been involved was not located.

--Don Kazak

— Don Kazak


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 10, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Hats off to the EPA police and other police departments for taking these criminals off the streets! Great job for sure, and that shotspotter system has already paid for itself.

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Oh my, the Taliban on the streets of America. We will have to invade ourselves!!! ;-)


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Posted by Concern Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:38 am

Good job EPA PD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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