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Details in PA city hall murder are released

Original post made on Oct 24, 2008

Details in the murder of Philip Lacy, 27, of South San Francisco, who was shot outside Palo Alto City Hall in the early hours of July 13 and later died, were released on Friday by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office after an "amended statement of facts" was filed with the court.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 24, 2008, 3:02 PM

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 24, 2008 at 3:45 pm

What a thug, I hope the people who were hiding him get serious prison time also.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Oct 24, 2008 at 4:14 pm

More great police work, The victims friend found the License of the gunman and gave it to the police. Great work?

The great work you palo alto denial freaks and human rights abusers must be talking about. The license did not get lost?
F'in Kojack? wow great police work!

Nanny Joe Their should be a law All criminals must drop their ID at the scene.
Hey you can have the credit for that one joe?

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Posted by Andy
a resident of Los Altos
on Oct 24, 2008 at 5:13 pm

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Posted by Get real
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2008 at 11:44 am

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

THANK YOU PAPD and all the fine men and women who work there. ALL of them deserve a break, whether it comes in the form of a great lead in an important case or just a little less criticism and a little more encouragement and applause for once. Remember, the human factor exists police work more than most know. Support and encouragement from the public helps tremendously in this line of work. It takes a unique person to succeed in this profession. Thanks again PAPD!

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm


Thank you for a job well done!

Is sounds like you have worked hard on building a solid case against these two.

Thanks again!!

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Posted by jack
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 27, 2008 at 10:24 am

that license left behind appears very serendipitious, don't you think? nevertheless, if the ballistics come out positive, i think it's a wrap.

why did the vicim do the "lunge" act? i think i would have be scared half to death already with a gun pointed at me, let alone trying to recover my chain (symbolically mojo in front of his friends)?

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Posted by Art
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 28, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Lunging at a robber holding a gun is a very bad idea with normally deadly consequences. The smart thing to do is let the criminal disappear with what he has stolen and then call the police. A gold chain or wallet are not worth your life. Too many Rambo and Die Hard movies around. Those stupid movies have nothing to do with reality.

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm

I have sympathy for his family and friends, the fact that the execution was done at the PAPD headquarters says a lot, the truth will come out in the trial no doubt.

The Tongan and Samoan gangs in EPA and RWC are a real threat to everyone, NZ ,Australia and USA deported a lot of these thugs home and they burned down the Cities in their native land last year, the only controlling authority is the Mormon Church which is doing a heroic job.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 28, 2008 at 5:33 pm

"Otto Emil Koloto, 22, of Gilroy has been charged with murder. Donald Robert Lee, Koloto's alleged accomplice, has also been charged with murder."
This paragraph is awkwardly written...and redundant.

But onto the point

The fact that thugs can shoot people outside a hospital in the morning scares the **** out of me because my parents visit grandparents until early in the morning.

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Posted by A friend of Lacy
a resident of another community
on Feb 16, 2009 at 2:26 am

If you knew Phil, you would understand why he lunged. That was just Phil! He was not a follower of any dumb Rambo or Die Hard movie, he was just not afraid of anyone. He was not afraid to die and he should not be judged by anybody for the choices he made. He was a GREAT person and is loved and missed by so many. Let's just focus on that on not on silly things like....could of, should of! Thank you. R.I.P Phil! We all miss you very much!

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