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News - March 10, 2023

Crime briefs

East Palo Alto woman killed in motorcycle crash

A woman was killed in a motorcycle crash on March 2 after she reportedly struck a pole while riding east on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, near the Mountain View border.

The victim was identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as 21-year-old East Palo Alto resident Leslie Buenrostro. She died early Friday after succumbing to her injuries at a hospital.

Police are investigating the reasons for the crash and do not believe any other vehicles were involved.

According to the news release, police received multiple calls at about 10:15 p.m. about a motorcyclist down in the roadway on San Antonio, near Nita Avenue.

Police officers and paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department immediately responded to the scene, and the woman was taken by paramedics to a local hospital, where she died a few hours later.

The preliminary investigation indicated that Buenrostro was riding a 2022 Kawasaki when the motorcycle left the roadway and struck a pole, according to the news release. The Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team responded to the scene to investigate, and the roadway was closed for about four hours.

It is currently unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor, according to the news release, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident 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 via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

—Gennady Sheyner

Home burglaries reported in Atherton

A resident reported a burglary at an Atherton home on the unit block of Ridgeview Drive in the morning on March 3, according to a police news bulletin.

The date and time of the break-in are not known, but suspects entered the residence in the West of the Alameda neighborhood by smashing a first-floor bathroom window.

Just days after, someone smashed a master bedroom sliding glass door to break into a home on the 100 block of Burns Avenue at night on Tuesday, March 7, according to police.

At around 7:24 p.m., interior motion sensors triggered a security alarm at the house and the suspects fled once they heard the alarm, police said in a news bulletin.

The Burns Avenue suspects were possibly driving a dark colored sedan, police said.

Both incidents are under investigation.

Anyone living near Ridgeview Drive or Burns Avenue is asked to check surveillance video and report any possible leads, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Atherton Police Department at 650-688-6500.

Woodside man arrested for lewd acts with a child

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputies and dectives arrested a Woodside man this month for lewd acts with a child under 14.

Shortly before that, on March 2, detectives obtained a $200,000 arrest warrant for the suspect.

On June 26, 2022, the Sheriff's Office started investigating a case involving a child who was sexually assaulted over eight years by a family friend, starting when the child was 8 years old.

Because these crimes occurred over 20 years ago, it is unknown at this time if there are other unidentified victims.

If you may have any information about this case, contact Detective Piper at [email protected] or Detective Pitts at 650-599-4060 [email protected]

If you wish to remain anonymous, please use our anonymous tip line at 800-547-2700.

It is The Almanac's policy to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney's Office has determined that there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.

—Angela Swartz

Hit-and-run victim identified

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office identified the man killed by a hit-and-run driver in East Palo Alto on Feb. 26 as 64-year-old East Palo Alto resident Jose Asencio-Matias.

Police said he was found unconscious in a driveway in the 2200 block of Ralmar Avenue at 10:08 a.m. Three nearby vehicles were also struck and damaged. Asencio-Matias was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Police ask anyone with information about the driver or the collisions to contact Cmdr. David Carson at 650-853-3160.

Pedestrian killed in collision in Menlo Park

Ryan Bonds, a transient man local to Menlo Park, died in a pedestrian-vehicle collision on Feb. 8.

The man was involved in a collision on Marsh Road and U.S. Highway 101 on Feb. 8 at 9:07 p.m. The 29-year-old driver, a resident of San Jose, stayed on the scene.

The man was transported to Stanford Hospital, but passed away from a head injury on Feb. 12.

—Cameron Rebosio


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