Around 11:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call that shots had been fired in the 400 block of Fifth Avenue in North Fair Oaks, according to the Sheriff's Office.
When they arrived, they found a young man with apparent gunshot wounds. Paramedics responded and confirmed the man was dead, according to a press statement.
The San Mateo County Coroner's Office identified the man as Andrew Michael Pohahau. The Sheriff's Office said he was a 22-year-old.
The motive and the suspect are still under investigation. Detectives are working with the county's crime lab to process the crime scene and have initiated a homicide investigation.
Anyone who may have heard or seen anything related to the crime is encouraged to contact Detective Boragno at 650-363-4064 or [email protected] They can also call an anonymous tip line at 1-800-547-2700.
The Sheriff's Office released a video on Facebook regarding the incident available at is.gd/nfocrime1.
One arrested in Atherton strong-armed robbery
Police have arrested one of two men who allegedly attempted to rob a man in front of his Atherton home last weekend and injured the man's wife after firing a round in her direction, police said Feb. 25.
On Feb. 21 around 2:50 p.m., two men in a black sedan attempted to steal the resident's watch in the driveway of his home on Belleau Avenue after following him from Highway 101, according to a police news bulletin and police Chief Steve McCulley. The home's gate was open when the crime occurred, police said.
The resident fought back with the aid of his daughters and wife, who ran out of the house to help him, police said. During the altercation, one of the suspects pulled out a pistol and fired one round in the direction of the wife. She was not struck by the bullet, but had minor injuries from shrapnel as the bullet ricocheted off another surface. The male resident sustained minor injuries to his face as a result of the fight.
According to police, the two suspects then fled in their vehicle headed toward El Camino Real.
Investigators were able to identify the suspects' car through use of the Flock automated license plate readers (ALPRs), which the town installed in 2020. The suspects, who were both on probation, have extensive criminal histories, police said. On Feb. 25, Atherton police officers arrested Tavijar Hollis, a resident of Pittsburg, on suspicion of multiple offenses for his participation in this incident. The second suspect is still at large, McCulley in a Feb. 25 email.
Since the deployment of the Flock cameras, Atherton officers have recovered several stolen vehicles, arrested a suspect wanted in a felony hit-and-run collision, recovered a car wanted in connection with a serious violent felony, and have arrested several wanted and dangerous felons, police said in the news bulletin.
Fire injures mother and daughter, displaces 11
A residential fire in East Palo Alto injured three people, including a mother and daughter who were hospitalized with burns, and displaced 11 people on Feb. 25, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.
The blaze was reported on Almond Court, off Myrtle Street, shortly after 6:30 a.m., according to fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. About 60% of the building caught on fire. The one-story residence is roughly a block away from the Ravenswood Shopping Center. The two-alarm incident was under control by about 7 a.m., Schapelhouman said.
Multiple people reported the fire, including one caller who said a woman suffered burns and that the building may still be occupied, Schapelhouman said.
When fire crews arrived at the scene, they didn't find anyone in the building. They cut holes in the roof to help release smoke from the residence and improve their visibility, Schapelhouman said.
A mother and her teenage daughter suffered burns, with the daughter's injuries considered very serious, according to Schapelhouman. They were transported to the burn unit at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose.
A third person had minor burns and a hand laceration but declined treatment at a hospital, the chief said.
A total of 11 people had occupied the residence and all had some type of burns; nine of them refused treatment at the scene. The American Red Cross was called to assist everyone who was displaced.
There were no working smoke detectors in the building, according to Schapelhouman. The fire caused an estimated $550,000 in damage to the structure and its contents.
—Palo Alto Weekly staff
Seven arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors
The Menlo Park Police Department and agents from California's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested and cited seven people for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors and other related crimes in the vicinity of Menlo Park on Feb. 23.
The police department and agents from the department target adults who buy alcohol for minors using a program called a "decoy shoulder tap," according to a Feb. 24 announcement from the police department.
During these operations, a supervised minor will approach adults outside of a liquor or convenience store and ask them to buy him or her some alcohol, while indicating that he or she is underage and cannot buy it.
If the adults agree to buy the alcohol, they are arrested and cited.
The penalty is a minimum fine of $1,000 and 24 hours of community service.
The program is funded through a grant from the state department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which is part of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.
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