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U.S. Marshals, CHP arrest teen in East Palo Alto

Original post made on Sep 6, 2012

A teen boy believed to have been one of two people in a car that rammed and shot at a California Highway Patrol vehicle in Oakland earlier this summer was arrested in East Palo Alto Wednesday, police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 6, 2012, 8:19 AM

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2012 at 8:29 am

Interesting that it takes three levels of law enforcement to arrest a teenager. Wonder why the US Marshals were involved?


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

Only guessing but perhaps it was a Federal offense?


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Posted by Grateful
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

Thank you to law enforcement for their dedication and risking their lives for us every day.

Unfortunately, these thugs will probably be back on the streets in no time. They really should deprive them more in prison. Perhaps give them minimal food so they are all too weak to fight. Then when they get back on the streets, the will never want to return to prison.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

More money for prisons, less for schools. That's the result, not the cause.


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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

Assault with a semi-automatic weapon? I'd bring a few friends along to the arrest too.


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Posted by DC McGlynn
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 6, 2012 at 11:23 am

Considering the gravity of the crime and the loss this week of a CHP Officer in Alamo, CA (I680 Incident) I am pleased all of these punks are off the street. Kudos to all Law Enforcement officials involved for the apprehension of these guys.

CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom RIP
End of Watch, Sep 5, 2012


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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

It's amazing to me that anyone thinks they can get away with something like that. I'm also surprised that media is allowed to release the teenagers name, with all of the protection for underage criminals in existance.


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Posted by Member
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 6, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Raymond: If the reporting is accurate, all involved being aged 18 and up, then they are adults. The headline says "teen" but legally they are all adults.

It is unbelievable though that an 18 year old can get their hands on a semi-automatic weapon; it is who you know, who you associate with.

Grateful: Being that these are men have names that suggest they are men of color you can trust their sentences will be nice and long.

We want safer neighborhoods for our families. This is three fewer persons that can threaten our safety off the streets. Well done law enforcement agents!


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Posted by Woody
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Sep 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Let's put the seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes.

This would correct two things in one motion:

Seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.
They would receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical
Treatment, wheel chairs, etc.

They would receive money instead of having to pay it out.

They would have constant video monitoring, so they would be helped instantly... If they fell or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes.

All meals and snacks would be brought to them.

They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
They would have access to a library, weight/fitness room, spiritual counseling, a pool and education...and free admission to in-house concerts by nationally recognized entertainment artists.

Simple clothing - i.e.. Shoes, slippers, pj's - and legal aid would be free, upon request.
There would be private, secure rooms provided for all with an outdoor exercise yard complete with gardens.

Each senior would have a P.C., T.V., phone and radio in their room at no cost.

They would receive daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors to hear any complaints and the ACLU would fight for their rights and protection.

The guards would have a code of conduct to be strictly adhered to, with attorneys available, at no charge to protect the seniors and their families from abuse or neglect.


As for the criminals:

They would receive cold food.

They would be left alone and unsupervised.

They would receive showers once a week.

They would live in tiny rooms, for which they would have to pay $6,000 per month.

They would have no hope of ever getting out.

Sounds like justice to me!


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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 7, 2012 at 7:44 am

> I'm also surprised that media is allowed to
> release the teenagers name

The media has been enlisted in the search for this youth since the time of the vehicular assault on the CHP cruiser--

$10,000 Reward For Teen Suspect In Oakland CHP Shooting:
Web Link

The article doesn't provide any details about how law enforcement came to know that Thomas was in East Palo Alto, but with a $10K reward for information leading to his arrest--it would be surprising if someone in EPA didn't contact the Oakland police, revealing his location.

Wonder how many local media outlets carried a story about this reward?


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