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Otto Koloto arrested for PA 'City Hall murder'

Original post made on Oct 3, 2008

Otto Emil Koloto, wanted for the murder of a 27-year-old man just outside the parking garage of Palo Alto City Hall, was located in South San Francisco and arrested Thursday, police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 3, 2008, 6:56 AM

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Posted by i
a resident of another community
on Oct 3, 2008 at 7:30 am

About time, i hope the people who gave him shelter in their home get charged with something too.......

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Posted by land of the lost
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 3, 2008 at 4:10 pm

The police did not find the killer. He was stupid enough to kill someone right in front of the Police station. Maybe 50 feet from the front door. WHERE a CAMERA CAUGHT him. The Police could not find him. The Police had to offer money, hoping someone would turn him in. Doing their work for them. Then after nothing. Sounds like he TURNED HIMSELF IN. Who caught him?
He turned himself in and you are all raving about great Police work? Or do you think he was just standing outside the parking garage? Planning is next murder?

Only in Palo Alto. Palo Alto Residents are just too much, Very offensive to any person who feels that common sense is required to function in this world.

If any person who has read the facts along with the timeline in this case, feels that this was "great police work" Might want to rethink how they rate proficiency , quality also.

It reminds me of a song "What a fool believes" Yea Palo Alto Police can catch criminals who turn themselves in. That is very special police work. Can any other police department do that. Or is that special and only Palo Alto police have the skills to handle a criminal that wants to give up? Turn himself in. Very dangerous police work also. The suspect calls and informs the police he will turn himself in. Where and when, Then he stands there with his hands in the air. While 5 police officers point their weapons at his head. 3 dogs wait to attack him, 2 more police officers are waiting to tazer him. Wow risky work. I sur hope you had back up. Seal Team #2 ,I hope at least. This is dangerous stuff your police are doing. Wow what fantastic police work.

I have read about many crimes in Palo Alto. Not many caught there. It is hard to get the criminals to give up. Must be . The police do not seem to get many of the other criminals to give up. Nice streets you have also. Why does it flood over there every time it rains.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 3, 2008 at 4:31 pm


How is it clear that Koloto turned himself in? He's been hiding out for weeks and was arrested at a friend's house.

Usually when someone turns themselves in there's a lawyer involved and they show up at a police station or some such thing.

So what info is it that you have here?

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Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 4, 2008 at 11:56 am


Koloto didn't give himself up. He did the opposite; he hid for months like a coward, afraid of facing justice. He was finally tracked down and arrested using a SWAT team. Again, the cops found him, he didn't call and give himself up. Also, I walked over to where the murder happened and there are no cameras there. I also reviewed the press releases and there is no mention of a camera filming the murder.

You purport to be an expert in law enforcement and the true judge of what makes for good work by police officers. So tell me, if not using cameras or rewards, which you allege is not "real" police work, how would you have caught the murderer?

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Posted by Sean
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 4, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Will the death penalty be sought?

Hate crime (if a racial motive can be shown)?

Will the people who hid him be prosecuted?

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