Menlo Park: Police and FBI SWAT team raid home early this morning


Police from Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, in the company of an FBI SWAT team, conducted a search of an occupied home in the 1300 block of Sevier Avenue in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park at about 5 a.m. this morning (Sept. 15).

Menlo Park police had obtained a search warrant as part of an investigation involving firearms and criminal gang activity, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department.

Several of the people inside the home at the time of the raid were detained during the search. Police released all but one person, who was being interviewed, police said.

The search turned up code violations, including improperly converted living spaces, kitchens and bathrooms, and modifications to natural gas and electrical lines, "an extremely unsafe condition," police said.

After further investigation by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the city building inspector, the home was declared unsafe for habitation and tagged, police said.


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5 people like this
Posted by Sybille
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:14 pm

5 pm this morning: what time was that???

2 people like this
Posted by Ha-Ha
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm

LOL - Sybille. 5 p.m.- in moon time.

2 people like this
Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

lol, somebody doesn't know the difference

4 people like this
Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Please keep going. This is the tip of an iceberg.

2 people like this
Posted by Dave Boyce
Almanac staff writer
on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm

Dave Boyce is a registered user.

The error in the time of day of this police action -- 5 a.m. instead of 5 p.m. -- has been corrected.

Thanks for the alert reading.

4 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Why was FBI SWAT involved?

2 people like this
Posted by Bell Haven Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 24, 2016 at 10:20 pm

There are many houses in Belle Haven that do not follow the code. Many many houses have converted garages and have way too many people living in there. We definitely need to do something about it, especially to those houses that are dangerous to live in. Please keep going and make this neighborhood nicer.

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