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News - November 25, 2022

Man arrested for drive-by shooting at Stanford Shopping Center

Ex-employee of Fleming's Steakhouse allegedly fired shot at restaurant

by Sue Dremann

A man who allegedly fired at least twice during a drive-by shooting at Stanford Shopping Center on Monday afternoon has been arrested, Palo Alto police said. He was found to be a former employee of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, where a glass window was damaged by the gunfire.

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 22, 2022 at 6:43 pm

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Noticed PAO posted this suspect's photo. Will PAO plan/pledge to do that for all similarly arrested suspects?

Posted by Town Square Moderator
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 22, 2022 at 8:31 pm

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Yes, Citizen, this arrest for a violent crime - attempted murder - falls under the exceptions category of our policy on reporting arrestees, which can be found here: Web Link

Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 22, 2022 at 9:07 pm

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And why not post suspect photos for others arrested for other crimes? After all, perhaps people would like to keep clear of people suspected of committing crimes. And if they've been arrested, they've been arrested.
That's public, isn't it? Doesn't it serve the public to inform people of those who have been arrested?

Why favor the interests of those arrested of crimes rather serve the interests of the general public? There have been a number of incidents at Stanford shopping center, for example, in the police blotter. Should PAO choose to shield where crimes occurred as well as shield those arrested for committing the crimes? Perhaps Stanford shopping center would prefer PAO not to report the location of crimes as people might choose not to shop there, for example. Should PAO choose their interests over the general public's need for information?

Posted by Cedric de La Beaujardiere
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 22, 2022 at 10:13 pm

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Being arrested for a crime is not the same as being found guilty of the crime. Circumstances and evolving investigations can lead to innocent people being arrested and later cleared of any involvement in the crime. Even convicted people are sometimes later proved to have been wrongly convicted. In the United States, there is a presumption of innocence until found guilty in a court of law. If you were innocent, yet wrongfully accused of a crime, would you want your photo to have been prematurely splashed all over the newspapers and online web sites, following you for the rest of your life and appearing in web searches whenever you applied for a job or tried to date someone?

Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 22, 2022 at 11:06 pm

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A suspect is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. There may be concern about influencing the jury pool, which raises the question, why post pictures of some suspects and not others?

Personally I'm in favor of publishing suspect photos. Jurors who have been influenced by the photo can be screened out in voir dire.

Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 22, 2022 at 11:10 pm

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PAO is the airport. PAPD is the police department.

Posted by Easy8
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 23, 2022 at 12:27 am

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Case solved, suspect arrested in less than 24 hours.

Despite what the detractors say, I think the PA Police Department does a great job!

Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 23, 2022 at 8:00 am

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Has Sam Bankman-Fried been arrested of a crime? Has he been convicted of a crime? His photo has certainly been published in media outlets in the last number of days. Did PAO publish his photo? What about Elizabeth Holmes? She was arrested, but it took quite a bit of time prior to her conviction taking place. Was her photo published in PAO prior to conviction?
Double standard?

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Nov 23, 2022 at 8:39 am

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Disgruntled ex-employees are scary. This could happen anywhere, and it's a concern to all employers. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 23, 2022 at 10:00 am

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Current employees are scary, too, since it was a current Walmart manger who killed all those people in their Virginia break room. See also the VTA murders.

And yes, the double standard is not only annoying but it's also dangerous especially given the delayed police reports where the PAPD routinely asks us for information about crimes committed a week ago.

Posted by eenee
a resident of Portola Valley
on Nov 23, 2022 at 10:26 am

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Probably he will be let out of jail right away - since he didn’t actually injure or kill anybody - i doubt the judicial system can keep him.
Rules are all too lax - if he had the intention to kill - and that’s usually what you h ave when you fire a gun- that should be a punishable offense right there.
We probably will not hear any follow up .

Posted by Aletheia
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 23, 2022 at 10:56 am

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Stop making sense. That is not tolerated here!

Posted by Fred Baker
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 24, 2022 at 10:24 am

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Earth to Citizen & Altheia...

White collar crimes are addressed differently than ones involving firearms or violence.

A $40.00 robbery with a handgun can easily result in a 15 year prison sentence.

Fraudsters like Holmes get 11 years with
time reduced for good behavior.

She should have gotten 20 years.

Posted by Judy Hall
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 25, 2022 at 9:40 am

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Anyone who recklessly fires a gun at a public place/gathering should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

As far as posting a pic of the suspect, the public is entitled to that information regardless of the suspect's guilt or innocence.

Remember the JFK assassination? Images of Lee Harvey Oswald were posted by the news media despite the fact that he never went to court for an arraignment, pre-trial hearing, trial, and/or sentencing trial.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Nov 25, 2022 at 10:53 am

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The oddest thing is he hasn't worked there in three years. That's a long time to still be angry at a former supervisor.

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