Young man shoots at police in East Palo Alto

Three men arrested, guns confiscated in midst of East Palo Alto 'crime emergency'

Within the first 24 hours of East Palo Alto's "crime emergency," officers apprehended three men with guns, including one man who shot at an officer, according to Capt. John Chalmers.

Chalmers said he didn't know if the men had been involved in any of the seven shootings in the last two weeks, which had prompted Chief Ron Davis to declare a two-week "crime emergency," pulling in six officers from the California Highway Patrol.

The first incident occurred Friday shortly after 4 p.m. when officers patrolling one of the designated high-crime zones in the 1200 block of Cypress Street spotted two people sitting in a vehicle, Chalmers said.

Officers arrested Colin Abberton, 21, a white male from Stockton, after learning he had a loaded handgun, in violation of his probation.

At 1:11 a.m. Saturday, a caller reported that people were drinking outside a house in the 2800 block of Fordham Street. Chalmers would not say if that was also a designated high-crime zone.

Officers arrived at the house and saw two men drinking in the front yard, Chalmers said. After identifying themselves as officers, one man shot at them with a revolver, missing the officers and striking a house across the street, Chalmers said.

Officers arrested Mark Rentie, 19, a black male from East Palo Alto, on suspicion of assaulting a police officer with a firearm. Alfredo Barraza, 22, a Hispanic male from East Palo Alto, was also arrested and charged with possession of a firearm, Chalmers said.

There were no injuries in either incident.

"I believe we were able to get these people in custody because of that special enforcement team," Chalmers said.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2008 at 4:24 pm


3 down, x still to go

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Posted by NICE
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2008 at 6:22 am

All those people like that has to get out of East Palo Alto. The are the infested individual that makes the city sad and give a bad stigma of high crime city.

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a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2008 at 2:44 pm

They need to get everybody off the street thats invole with my son death and and ron davis i dont like what he put in the paper about my son because this shooting been going on before my son got killed so anybody have something to say they can make a comment to me.

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Posted by somebody
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm

EAST PALO ATLO is so bad now the police is scared of these people and that just let all them bad guys take over the town and some of the police are woking with them thats why the town is so bad and thats why some people are moving out of East Palo Atlo because they can't get the bad people out.

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Posted by me
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2008 at 2:52 pm

clean up the city

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Posted by me
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2008 at 2:52 pm

clean up the city

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Posted by very sad
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 16, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Crime is a way of life for EPA. Yes, the bad apples spoil it for everyone else. Sadly, there are so many bad apples in EPA that it is uncontrollable.

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Posted by jc
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 16, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Why is Palo Alto Online a source for EPA news? I look at this website to read about PA news and end up finding that 50% of the articles are about EPA crime. Maybe EPA can start their own website called EPA Online.

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Posted by grewupinepa
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 20, 2008 at 6:39 pm

yea its bad but its what you make of it it bad because everyone labels the kids there as bad and when i was growing up there the whole block helped my mother raise me and i didnt turn out bad nor have my childern

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Posted by by me
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 25, 2008 at 11:31 pm

Actually I believe that a lot of the police officers from EPA don't really care about the people there! And this boys are not criminals and some people just speak wit out knowing anything and I believe that maybe insted of labeling people we should stop and think about how not every one comes from a good area and that this boys are not the crimnals they are labeld as! Thank you.....

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