News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0204201502
Subject :

Early Morning Stop Leads to Arrests, Including of Man for Pimping
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Following an early morning traffic stop last week, police arrested a man for pimping, pandering, identity theft, possession of stolen mail, and drug charges.  Officers arrested two passengers of the car on other charges as well.

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, at about 1:00 a.m., an officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle (a silver 2002 Honda Accord two-door) traveling southbound on El Camino Real at an unsafe rate of speed.  When the vehicle stopped in the parking lot of a business located on the 2200 block of El Camino Real, the officer contacted the vehicle's male driver and his three adult female passengers.  Officers determined that the driver was unlicensed, and that one of the passengers was on probation for possession of a controlled substance.  

The ensuing investigation led to a search of the vehicle and its occupants.  Officers discovered evidence that the male driver was engaged in pimping and pandering.  The search also yielded drugs (as described in the next paragraph), numerous items of stolen mail containing personal identifying information of victims (such as bank statements), and medication that police determined had been stolen the previous night in San Jose from a man’s car.

Police booked 21-year-old Benny Edward Hernandez and 36-year-old Terri Ann Tollner, both of San Jose, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.  Hernandez’s charges included pimping, pandering, and aggravated identity theft (all felonies), as well two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance (morphine and medication without a prescription) and one count of possession of stolen property (a misdemeanor).  Tollner’s booking charges included identity theft (a felony), possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia (both misdemeanors).  Police cited and released 29-year-old Kristina Victoria Fidecaro of San Jose for possession of heroin (a misdemeanor) and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for driving without a license.  Fidecaro is on active probation in Alameda County for possession of a controlled substance.  The booking photographs of Hernandez and Tollner are attached to this release.

Officers determined that the fourth passenger, a woman in her thirties, was a victim of the male’s pimping and pandering.  With regards to the numerous items of stolen mail that police recovered, detectives are working with inspectors from the United States Postal Inspection Service.  The mail had been stolen from at least 25 residences or businesses in San Jose, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara over an unknown period of time.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips may also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at  or