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Crime briefs

Shooting kills one in East Palo Alto

Police are investigating the death of a man who was shot in East Palo Alto on Sunday night, nearly three weeks after another man was killed a block away. The San Mateo County Coroner's Office identified the victim on Wednesday as 19-year-old Sebastian Anguiano of Redwood City.

Officers dispatched to the 1800 block of Woodland Avenue at about 10:20 p.m. found a Hispanic male suffering from gunshot wounds. They attempted life-saving measures before fire personnel and paramedics arrived. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he died a short time later, police said.

Relatives have set up a GoFundMe page for Anguiano to help with his funeral expenses at

The fatal shooting is the second in the Woodland area on the city's west side in almost three weeks. On May 4, Christian Garcia-Torres, 25, also of Redwood City, was found shot in a parking structure at an apartment complex a block away in the 1700 block of Woodland Avenue. He later succumbed to his wounds at a hospital, police reported at the time.

Anyone who witnessed Sunday's shooting or has information is asked to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department by calling Detective Andrea Dion at 650-853-7247. Anonymous tips can be sent by email to [email protected] or by text or voicemail to 650-409-6792.

—Sue Dremann

More than $150K worth of handbags stolen

More than $150,000 worth of handbags were stolen from the Neiman Marcus department store at Stanford Shopping Center by a "coordinated group" of at least 10 people on May 19, according to Palo Alto police.

Officers responded to the mall at 180 El Camino Real after an emergency dispatcher received a call around 12:20 p.m. from someone who heard second hand that a man was inside the department store with a gun, according to a press release.

Soon after police reached the scene, they found out the information of an armed man was a false report. They learned the store was hit by a group of at least 10 people who took 43 handbags, including some that were forced from security cables, breaking some glass display cabinets in the process, police said.

The group, made up of five males and five females, fled the store in three vehicles before officers arrived. Officers suspect two more people worked with the thieves by serving as their getaway drivers, but didn't go inside the store, according to police.

Investigators found no evidence that the group was armed, the release states. They believe the sound of glass breaking was mistaken for a gunshot, which may have led to the false report of an armed person.

Based on witness accounts, the thieves were described as Black males and females who wore face coverings and clothes with hoods. The three getaway vehicles were a white Ford Mustang and two Infiniti four-door sedans, one that was white and another that was dark blue, police said.

Officers plan to connect with other agencies in the area to see if the group is linked to other similar thefts in nearby cities.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

—Palo Alto Weekly staff


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