Palo Alto Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest For Pimping

PALO ALTO (KRON) — Police arrested a man for pimping following an early morning traffic stop in Palo Alto on Thursday, authorities said.

A Palo Alto police officer stopped a silver two-door Honda Accord traveling southbound on El Camino Real at an unsafe rate of speed near the 2200 block of El Camino Real.

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,” police said.

The search also yielded drugs, numerous items of stolen mail containing personal identifying information of victims, and medication that police determined had been stolen the previous night in San Jose from a man’s car, according to police.

Police say 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.

Benny Edward Hernandez, 21, and Terri Ann Tollner, 36, both of San Jose, were arrested and booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail. Officers also arrested two passengers of the car on other charges.

Hernandez was booked on charges for pimping, pandering, and aggravated identity theft, as well two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of stolen property.

Tollner’s charges include identity theft, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers determined that the fourth passenger, a woman in her thirties, was a victim of the male’s pimping and pandering.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Palo Alto police at 650-329-2413.

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