News

Sister-in-law arrested in Palo Alto homicide

Jenny Shi was found stabbed to death in Creekside Drive home on July 7

Palo Alto police arrested on Thursday morning the sister-in-law of a Palo Alto woman who was found stabbed to death in her Creekside Drive home in July, the police department announced.

Jingyan Jin, 41, of Palo Alto, was arrested for the homicide of Jenny Shi, 65. Police received a call at 7:42 p.m. on July 7 from a family member (not Jin) regarding a suspicious circumstance at a home in the 300 block of Creekside. Officers found Shi dead inside. The family member had gone to the Greenmeadow neighborhood home to check on Shi after failing to reach the victim, police said at the time.

An autopsy by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner determined that Shi had been stabbed multiple times, according to the coroner.

Crime scene investigators located evidence at the home, which was later processed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Crime Laboratory, that indicated probable cause to arrest Jin for Shi's death, police said.

Detectives presented the evidence to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and obtained a probable cause warrant for Jin's arrest. She was taken into custody without incident at her home in the 700 block of San Antonio Road in Palo Alto at about 8:04 a.m. Thursday, police said. Detectives and crime scene personnel then served a search warrant at her home.

Help sustain the local news you depend on.

Your contribution matters. Become a member today.

Join

"Despite the arrest, the investigation remains ongoing as detectives work through a significant amount of evidence," police said in a statement. "While police are not ruling out the possibility of additional suspects being involved, there currently is no evidence to suggest that. No further details will be released at this time, including any speculation on a possible motive."

A neighbor said after the homicide that Shi's sister-in-law had lived with her but had moved out the year before. They apparently did not get along, the neighbor said.

Jin remains in custody. Formal charges have not yet been filed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, according to the court's clerk. She is scheduled to appear in Palo Alto's courthouse on Oct. 11.

More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

Stay informed

Get the latest local news and information sent straight to your inbox.

Stay informed

Get the latest local news and information sent straight to your inbox.

Sue Dremann is a veteran journalist who joined the Palo Alto Weekly in 2001. She is a breaking news and general assignment reporter who also covers the regional environmental, health and crime beats. Read more >>

Follow Palo Alto Online and the Palo Alto Weekly on Twitter @paloaltoweekly, Facebook and on Instagram @paloaltoonline for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

Sister-in-law arrested in Palo Alto homicide

Jenny Shi was found stabbed to death in Creekside Drive home on July 7

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Oct 6, 2016, 8:53 pm
Updated: Fri, Oct 7, 2016, 10:08 am

Palo Alto police arrested on Thursday morning the sister-in-law of a Palo Alto woman who was found stabbed to death in her Creekside Drive home in July, the police department announced.

Jingyan Jin, 41, of Palo Alto, was arrested for the homicide of Jenny Shi, 65. Police received a call at 7:42 p.m. on July 7 from a family member (not Jin) regarding a suspicious circumstance at a home in the 300 block of Creekside. Officers found Shi dead inside. The family member had gone to the Greenmeadow neighborhood home to check on Shi after failing to reach the victim, police said at the time.

An autopsy by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner determined that Shi had been stabbed multiple times, according to the coroner.

Crime scene investigators located evidence at the home, which was later processed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Crime Laboratory, that indicated probable cause to arrest Jin for Shi's death, police said.

Detectives presented the evidence to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and obtained a probable cause warrant for Jin's arrest. She was taken into custody without incident at her home in the 700 block of San Antonio Road in Palo Alto at about 8:04 a.m. Thursday, police said. Detectives and crime scene personnel then served a search warrant at her home.

"Despite the arrest, the investigation remains ongoing as detectives work through a significant amount of evidence," police said in a statement. "While police are not ruling out the possibility of additional suspects being involved, there currently is no evidence to suggest that. No further details will be released at this time, including any speculation on a possible motive."

A neighbor said after the homicide that Shi's sister-in-law had lived with her but had moved out the year before. They apparently did not get along, the neighbor said.

Jin remains in custody. Formal charges have not yet been filed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, according to the court's clerk. She is scheduled to appear in Palo Alto's courthouse on Oct. 11.

More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

Comments

Ab
Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 6, 2016 at 10:10 pm
Ab, Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 6, 2016 at 10:10 pm

Palo alto online, why dont you quote the entire police release as is? You are just replacing a few pronouns here and there. Having already read the police news release, it's kind of annoying to read.


Truth Be Told
Registered user
Midtown
on Oct 7, 2016 at 10:01 am
Truth Be Told, Midtown
Registered user
on Oct 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

Most crimes against Asian immigrants seem to be perpetrated by other Asian immigrants.

We would appreciate more information from the police report!


More info, pls
Registered user
Midtown
on Oct 7, 2016 at 10:36 am
More info, pls, Midtown
Registered user
on Oct 7, 2016 at 10:36 am

What was the probable cause? What evidence would the police have against the SIL who is 24 years younger? What is the supposed motive? Both were citizens of China-- was something illegal going on?


Reader
another community
on Oct 7, 2016 at 10:46 am
Reader, another community
on Oct 7, 2016 at 10:46 am

@Truth Be Told:

Some details of these incidents are never released to the media; they will likely be used in the district attorney's case against the accused.

In many cases, the DA's office will withhold public disclosure of certain evidence or findings because media coverage of such details could make finding an impartial jury very difficult. Also, it may allow the defense to understand how the prosecution will present their case.

Of course, if you think you have a reason why the police or DA should release additional information, you are free to write them letters, call them, or visit them in person with your thoughts.

Good luck.


Hermia
Triple El
on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm
Hermia, Triple El
on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm

@Truth Be Told

Most crimes against people are committed by people they know.
Even if your observation is correct, it doesn't say anything about any given group.

Also, I'm curious that you call them "immigrants." They might be,
but I don't see any indication of that in the news story,
and I'd just assume they're Americans unless there's some reason to say otherwise.
But I didn't read the earlier articles. Maybe there was something there?


They Were
Another Palo Alto neighborhood

on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm
Name hidden, Another Palo Alto neighborhood

on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm

Due to violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are only visible to registered users who are logged in. Use the links at the top of the page to Register or Login.


Carlos
Barron Park
on Oct 7, 2016 at 1:14 pm
Carlos, Barron Park
on Oct 7, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Tragic situation. Without knowing the details behind this case, let's not use this as an excuse to surface some of your deep-seated racist views against certain groups.

We live in a very race-conscious society and somehow I think we have been conditioned to use race to explain things that we cannot comprehend. Think carefully before you vent out your hurtful comments. This could have happened anywhere.


Hmmm
East Palo Alto
on Oct 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
on Oct 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Ahhh yes - the old tactic of focusing on race to distance yourself from the bad things Palo Altans do or have happen to them. Typical, and it's been happening for decades in Palo Alto, yet it doesn't make it any less distasteful.

It's a relief that the police have made an arrest. What a horrific crime. My condolences to the loved ones of the victim.


Chrisc
College Terrace
on Oct 7, 2016 at 1:52 pm
Chrisc, College Terrace
on Oct 7, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Good work, PAPD. As for this online report, thank-you. I didn't read the police report first, so I'm happy to have this notice come right to my inbox.


But, But, But...
Registered user
Midtown
on Oct 7, 2016 at 3:37 pm
But, But, But..., Midtown
Registered user
on Oct 7, 2016 at 3:37 pm

The real fact is that the victim was from China and owned businesses in China and the US. The original stories from July state this.

Ms Shi's sister-in-law once lived with her, but moved out. She is also originally from China, but the two women did not get along.

It is also a fact that Asian immigrant criminals usually prey on other Asian immigrants. This is due to a cultural reluctance to notify police because of a very real fear of retaliation.


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Remember this is a murder enquiry and there will be a trial. In a case like this most of the details will be kept quiet as a jury will have to hear most of the evidence which will be presented then. I suspect that at the time of the trial reporters will report on motive, evidence, etc.


Question
another community

on Oct 10, 2016 at 10:45 pm
Name hidden, another community

on Oct 10, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Due to violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are only visible to registered users who are logged in. Use the links at the top of the page to Register or Login.


Sue Dremann
Registered user
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Oct 11, 2016 at 10:35 am
Sue Dremann, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
Registered user
on Oct 11, 2016 at 10:35 am

For anyone who might be wondering, posting a photo of a person who was arrested for a crime such as this homicide is typical of media organizations, including this one. However, the Weekly no longer posts photographs and names of persons arrested for sexual assaults until charges are formally filed by the District Attorney's office.


Name
South of Midtown
on Oct 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm
Name, South of Midtown
on Oct 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm

I find it disguting that a picture is posted of a suspect, before she has been tried and found guilty. What about " presumed innocent until proven guilty"? The media and the society already condemned her. For all to see, her children, friends, etc. If she is found guilty everybody will know,sooner or later. If she is found innocent the damage to her family is done forever. What lack of compassion!!!


Pigs Fly
Registered user
Midtown
on Oct 11, 2016 at 12:07 pm
Pigs Fly, Midtown
Registered user
on Oct 11, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Evidently, according to the Daily Post, the police found incriminating.evidence of some sort in both the victim's home and the accused's home that pointed to the accused.


Oh boo hoo
Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 11, 2016 at 4:32 pm
Oh boo hoo, Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 11, 2016 at 4:32 pm
musical
Palo Verde
on Oct 11, 2016 at 5:12 pm
musical, Palo Verde
on Oct 11, 2016 at 5:12 pm

For enquiring minds, more of the police-report details have appeared online today.
Use your favorite search engine.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.