Menlo Park: Police name a suspect in Nov. 22 shooting in marshland area

Suspect has ties to East Palo Alto, considered armed and dangerous

Police have named Dagoberto Franco-Penaloza, 24, as the suspect in a Nov. 22 shooting of a Menlo Park man in the marshland area near Menlo Park's border with East Palo Alto.

Franco-Penaloza, also known as Gustavo Torres, has ties to Menlo Park and East Palo Alto and is considered armed and dangerous, police said in a statement. Police said they have obtained an $11 million warrant for his arrest on suspicion of attempted homicide.

On the evening of Nov. 22, police found a 29-year-old Menlo Park man with gunshot wounds to his legs, arms and torso lying in the marshland area between Bayfront Expressway and University Avenue. He was taken to Stanford Hospital and is still there, in stable condition, police said.

The Menlo Park Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed this incident, or who might have additional information on this case or the whereabouts of Franco-Penaloza, to call 650-330-6300 and ask for Detective Steven Knopp, or send an email to

To leave an anonymous tip, call 650-330-6395.


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28 people like this
Posted by Marrol
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 9, 2017 at 12:20 am

Identifying the hospital where the victim of this attempted murder is being treated probably not the best journalistic move in my opinion. He's already been the target of a shooting. Is there any value at this point in being that specific? Making reference to an "area hospital" sure, but why pinpoint the location. Protecting the victim's privacy under these circumstances should have been considered.

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Posted by Old Timer
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 11, 2017 at 4:05 pm

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Posted by PA
a resident of Fairmeadow School
on Dec 12, 2017 at 6:47 am

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