Menlo Park burglary: Man, 21, faces up to 11 years in prison

A 21-year-old East Palo Alto resident faces up to 11 years in state prison after pleading no contest to one felony count of residential burglary in Menlo Park and one felony count of assault while at the San Mateo County Maguire Correctional Facility in 2015.

Under a plea deal, Carlos Saavedra Yepez could face that sentence, in part because of a previous felony conviction for residential burglary, prosecutors said.

During the afternoon of June 23, 2016, Mr. Yepez was seen by Menlo Park police officers driving on O'Connor Street in Menlo Park, making short forays down driveways while a passenger got in and out of the car. Police recognized him as a parolee, prosecutors said. Mr. Yepez was previously convicted of residential burglary in 2014.

When approached by police, Mr. Yepez drove off and hit a parked car and unmarked police car, according to prosecutors. He then got out of the car and ran away.

Later, while police were searching the area, he and an accomplice were seen emerging from a home on O'Connor Street in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park carrying two computers and a screwdriver, according to prosecutors.

Mr. Yepez allegedly dropped the equipment but was apprehended by the police.

A resident later reported two stolen computers and pry marks on her door.

Mr. Yepez on April 14 pleaded no contest to felony assault during a gang fight in October 2015 that broke out between the Norteno and Sureno gangs at the San Mateo County Maguire Correctional Facility after a technician at the jail accidentally activated a cell door release mechanism reserved for emergencies. Mr. Yepez is a documented Norteno gang member and was involved in the fight, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

He remains in custody on $450,000 bail. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for Friday, June 9.


• Sign up for Express to get news updates. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


13 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Yepez sounds like a moron, and he won't be missed.

9 people like this
Posted by Keep PV SAFE!
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Apr 20, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Good riddance! I say lock him up and throw away the key.

11 people like this
Posted by Anonymous People
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Apr 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm

He is a 21 year old young man. He has made bad choices. Have compassion for a very young man in trouble.

9 people like this
Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 20, 2017 at 8:22 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

anonymous people:

trust me, this guy has had plenty of chances in the past. People don't get sent to prison and end up on parole if they haven't had numerous chances before that sentence. Not to mention this guy is a known gang banger. He is beyond compassion or rescue. He is lost and should be imprisoned for as long as possible to protect society as I guarantee if he was released now he would immediately go back to victimizing his fellow citizens.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

A Hard Road
By Chandrama Anderson | 4 comments | 1,481 views

Why a library scrap and rebuild?
By Stuart Soffer | 5 comments | 1,155 views

By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 369 views


Meet the winners!

The results are in. Check out The Almanac readers' favorite foods, services and fun stuff in the area.

View Winners