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


Subject :

Police Agencies Team Up to Arrest Man Intent on Committing Murder
Contact : James Reifschneider, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police agencies from across California teamed up last week to intercept and arrest a man traveling to the Bay Area with the intent to murder three of his doctors.

On the morning of Wednesday, May 31, 2017, our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from the Visalia Police Department reporting that a man from their jurisdiction may be driving to the Bay Area to murder three of his doctors.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had been reported missing to the Visalia Police Department that morning.  Officers from the Visalia Police Department determined that the suspect had rented a car and was now missing, as were his two legally-owned handguns.  Officers from the Visalia Police Department developed information that the suspect was driving to the Bay Area that day intending to shoot three of his doctors as a result of becoming upset about his medical condition and medical treatment he had received from these doctors.  Out of concern for the suspect's privacy, we are not releasing any additional information about his condition.

The Visalia Police Department contacted multiple police agencies in the Bay Area that had jurisdiction over the work locations of the targeted doctors, as well as other doctors who had treated the suspect.  They also broadcast a bulletin to police agencies throughout the state to be on the lookout for the suspect.  Police also took precautions to identify the home residences of the involved doctors, in case the suspect chose to target them there.  We are not releasing employment or residence information for any of the doctors.

On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at about 7:48 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from the California Highway Patrol that they had located and stopped the suspect on Highway 101 and Hellyer Avenue in San Jose.  He had been driving his rental car, a red 2017 Nissan Rogue.  Officers from the San Jose office of the California Highway Patrol located two loaded semi-automatic handguns with high-capacity magazines (32 and 16 rounds, respectively) in the car within reach of the suspect.  Officers from the California Highway Patrol arrested the suspect without incident, and transported him to a local hospital for treatment related to his medical condition.

Detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department coordinated the investigation between the involved Bay Area law enforcement agencies, and worked in close conjunction with investigators from the Visalia Police Department and officers from the California Highway Patrol.  Detectives developed information that the suspect likely had been intent on going to the doctors’ homes, not their workplaces, to kill them.

When the suspect was discharged from the hospital later in the evening on May 31, officers from the Palo Alto Police Department booked 58-year-old Yue Chen of Visalia into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for attempted murder (a felony) and carrying a loaded firearm (a misdemeanor).  The suspect’s booking photo is attached to this release.  The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has since filed three felony counts of attempted murder against him.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or