Sent: Mon, August 16, 2010 4:16:48 PM
Subject: Request

This ‘Press Release / Community Information’ is being sent to you by The Public Information Office of the San Mateo Police Department. We at the SMPD take pride in alerting our community partners about activities and current events relevant to neighborhood incidents.

200 Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403

Community Assistance Requested – Robbery Investigation

San Mateo, CA – August 9th, 2010 – 7:55 pm – A victim was seriously physically assaulted and robbed in the area of 16th Ave. and Railroad Ave. The suspect in the assault stole cash from the victim, and fled the area in a vehicle. Officers quickly responded, and combed the area for suspects, evidence and witnesses. An independent eyewitness described the suspect in this case as a Polynesian (Pacific Islander) male in his 30s, 5’9 tall and weighing about 190 lbs. The witness saw the suspect leave the scene in the passenger seat of a dark blue or black 80s vintage subcompact Volkswagen, possibly a Rabbit or GTI. The vehicle had a store-bought “For Sale” sign in the window.

Attached is a artist’s sketch of the suspect, based on witness information:

Suspect: Pacific Islander Male – 30s – 5’9 and about 190 lbs. – Black Hair, Brown Eyes

Vehicle: 80s Vintage Volkswagen – Dark Blue or Black in Color – Possibly a Rabbit or GTI – Store-Bought “FOR SALE” sign in the window

SMPD Detectives are seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the suspect in this case. Anyone with information is urged to call SMPD at the numbers below:

SMPD Investigations – Det. M. Williams 650-522-7655

SMPD Secret Witness Line – 650-522-7626

Anonymous Tip by Text Message (SMS) 650-262-3473

Anonymous Tip by email

Personal Safety Tips:

Try to avoid walking alone on the street after 9:00 p.m. If you must walk alone at night, use well-lit roads, with as much car traffic as possible, and walk near the curb. At night, avoid vacant lots, and areas with excessive trees and bushes.

When walking to your car at night, have your keys in your hand and be ready to open the door. If you have to walk in the street, walk facing traffic. A person walking with traffic can be followed, forced into a car, and abducted more easily than a person walking against traffic. Wear clothing and shoes that give you freedom of movement, and don’t burden yourself with too many packages or items.
Try to avoid using ATMs late at night. If you must, try to pick an ATM in an attended location, such as a supermarket or mall. At the very least, make sure the ATM is well lit, and be aware of any people “loitering” in the area. Try to avoid going alone.

Don’t carry a purse loosely around your shoulder. Clutch it tightly under your arm or, better yet, avoid carrying a purse and keep a wallet in your pocket instead.

If you are robbed, obey the robber’s instructions. Keeping your cash in a separate money clip or pouch will allow you to hand it over without sacrificing your credit cards, identification, and personal papers. Try to memorize your robber’s physical features, clothing, motor vehicle, and direction of flight. Call the police from the nearest available telephone.

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  1. Hi,I’m Karen & I manage the website for HANCSM — I just wanted to point out that we do have a chat page for just this type of comment. The “chat” tab at the top of the page is the place for community conversations on topics beyond the posted ones. I’d love it if we got some conversations started!

    Also, rather than us trying to figure out whether there’s problem with a police department employee, I’d advise contacting them directly to let them know what happened. They have maybe different priorities than each of might choose, but they’ve been helpful to me on several issues, and make a real effort to listen to our comments and complaints.

    Finally, I agree that the parking police downtown zip around too fast at times. I can’t say whether it has been one particular officer or not though.

  2. This is a bit off-topic for this post, but there’s no forum on this site to bring up discussion topics. The parking enforcement worker downtown (male, brown hair) zoomed through a stop sign when I was in the crosswalk on Delaware Street, coming very close to my dog. I’m wondering if anyone else has had problems with this person, or if I’m the only one. If this was a one-time issue, it’s probably okay, but if he regularly has problems with aggressive behavior on the job, I think that’s a cause for concern.

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