Three arrested in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto after May 8 shooting

Guns, drugs found during warrant searches of residences

Police have arrested three men on drug and weapons charges in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto after police searched two homes in connection with a May shooting that left a 20-year-old man injured, East Palo Alto police announced Monday.

On May 8 at 1:10 p.m., officers responded to a Shotspotter activation in East Palo Alto and found a 20-year-old Hispanic male with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds in the 2200 block of Ralmar Street. Paramedics transported him to a hospital.

At least 15 to 16 shots had been fired in the residential neighborhood, which is a block away from Cesar Chavez Elementary School.

On Monday, May 19, police seized handguns, assault pistols, a high-powered rifle, an automatic shotgun, body armor, ammunition and accessories from the two residences located in the 3200 block of Alma Street in Palo Alto and the 2400 block of Fordham Street in East Palo Alto. Police also seized a large amount of marijuana and gang indicia, East Palo Alto Detective Sgt. Jeff Liu said.

East Palo Alto detectives investigating the shooting had obtained search warrants for the homes, working in partnership with the Palo Alto Police Department, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office SWAT teams and investigators from Menlo Park and Palo Alto.

Police arrested the three men on various weapons and narcotics-related charges. They have not named the persons. Two men are from East Palo Alto and the third is from Fremont, police said.

The East Palo Alto Police Department is actively investigating the case and is in need of witnesses. Police are strongly encouraging any witnesses or people who know something about the crime to notify the department by calling East Palo Alto Police Dispatch at 650-321-1112, or by sending an anonymous email to or an anonymous text to 650-409-6792. An anonymous voice mail can be left by calling 650-409-6792.

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Nice work by EPA detectives.. Interesting to see the level of actual gang presence in Palo Alto.

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Posted by Good work EPA police!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm

I drive by this house often and all I've ever seen is big, happy family parties in the driveway. I guess behind closed doors it was another scene. Glad EPA police were able to make some arrests and take some weapons/drugs off the streets. Hopefully this will deter other would be gang members. Also interesting that they raided a home in Palo Alto. I wonder if they used SWAT team and Humvees over there? I'm guessing they didn't as that would have caused quite a scene in Palo Alto. To all those authorities involved in this operation, please keep up the good work and thank you for making our neighborhoods a little safer!

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Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on May 20, 2014 at 6:37 am

What is the actual level of gang presence in Palo Alto? Can one quantify that?

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Posted by EPA res
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on May 20, 2014 at 10:41 am

this is interesting. why is everyone in EPA a gang member automatically?
If someone gets killed its because they were in a gang! not true it could have been an innocent person and they are still labeled as a gang member.
Everything else speaks for its self.

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Posted by A resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 20, 2014 at 11:57 am

To all the people who read this report. I am a resident in that area that is a very good family who got there home invaded and raided. Nothing was found at this apartment the story line is false and incorrect. There are no gang members residing in that home just a single mother taking care of her kids. Don't assume/believe everything you read.

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm

@EPA res - The article says "Police also seized a large amount of marijuana and gang indicia". Are you contending that they were just gang paraphernalia collectors, and not gang members?

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Nothing says "gang" more than the seizure of "handguns, assault pistols, a high-powered rifle, an automatic shotgun, body armor, ammunition and accessories"

Nothing in the article implies that the guy with the gunshot wounds was a gang member however.

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Posted by EPA Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm

The easiest way to explain any shooting in EPA is and always has been to label those shootings as gang related.. And always when those investigations lead to another city... NOTHING.. All of a sudden every explanation/reasoning for the violent acts changes. WHY?? It has always been the case that EPA police (especially the former Chief Davis) choose to make it easier for themselves by saying these criminals and their victims are all gang members or affiliates. The article makes mention of a apartment in PALO ALTO, but still whomever they arrest remains an EAST Palo Alto RESIDENT.. How so? When these reports are published there's so much bias, manipulation of words, twisting the facts.. Why bother writing or to what purpose are these articles being written if not to simply inform the public? It bothers me to constantly come across such preponderance and the constant oportunistic belittling of my community.

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on May 20, 2014 at 2:24 pm

ChrisC is a registered user.

Dear EPA Resident, I appreciate your views, and will remember them when I read such articles about APA in the future.

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Posted by EPA Resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 20, 2014 at 2:28 pm

@EPA Resident - Did you read the article? Why did the police confiscate gang paraphernalia, as stated in the article, if they weren't gang members? No one here is making assumptions, wither the police are lying, or they were gang members.

I assume a very small percentage of EPA residents are in gangs, but a very high percentage of people who shoot people in EPA are in gangs.

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Posted by EPA res
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

The police found a red SF hat and labeled him as a gang member. is it his fault that he is a niner fan? people are always saying epa residents are gang members why is that being said if there is no evidence of any gang affiliation. I personally know the family and I know for a FACT they are not gang members. I agree with EPA resident the news is always twisting words and adding to the facts. dnt always believe what you read. Just as an FYI people there aren't any more gangs in east palo alto. East Palo Alto was the murder cap in 1992. most of the men that were nortenos or surenos are either dead or in jail serving looooong sentences.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 20, 2014 at 11:26 pm

> there are no gangs in EPA ..

Interesting. Got to wonder why there are so frequent arrests of people claimed to be gang members by law enforcement?

Nine Purported Gang Members Could Face Death Penalty:
Web Link

Sorry .. but claiming that there are no gangs in EPA is like claiming there is no sand in the Sahara ..

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Posted by Palo Alto Resident
a resident of Midtown
on May 21, 2014 at 12:06 am

As i began to read this article I couldn't help but notice the amount of biased. Also If this investigation has been going on for a while then why didn't they have the decency to make sure that any of the men said to be linked to this crime actually lived in the palo alto home. They searched the home and yet they found a nothing but clothes that they may say are gang related. How many gangs are there in palo alto? These officers obviously had nowhere else to be and nothing else to do but terrorize a palo alto family.

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Posted by Mclovin903
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 31, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Mclovin903 is a registered user.

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