By Nick Veronin and Sandy Brundage
Officers from the Menlo Park and Mountain View police departments, along with United States marshals, flooded the area around Central Avenue and Moffett Boulevard this afternoon (Dec. 21), looking for a parolee who may be connected to a Menlo Park case, law enforcement officials said.
Nicole Acker, spokesperson for Menlo Park police, said all three agencies were working to find the parolee, who may be connected to a Dec. 18 shooting in that city.
She said the search failed to turn up the parolee. Police have booked five suspects into county jail on charges related to Sunday's incident. A sixth man who was arrested has been "cleared of involvement as it stands right now," Ms. Acker said.
Liz Wylie of the Mountain View Police Department would only confirm that officers were in the area assisting the Menlo Park police.
At least one helicopter aided the search, according to a man who lives nearby. J.C. Bisson, who lives near the 500 block of Central Avenue, said he observed a police officer stopping cars at the intersection of Central Avenue and Moffett Boulevard. The officers appeared to be checking the driver of each car, he said, as if they were looking for someone.
Bisson said he first heard the sounds of a hovering helicopter shortly before 3 p.m. When he looked out of his apartment he saw police going up and down Central Avenue. He also said that there were many officers at the southeast end of Central Avenue, spilling onto the Stevens Creek Trail.