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


Subject :

Duo Arrested Following Interrupted Home Break-in
Contact :Marianna Villaescusa, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Covarrubias Booking PhotoHerrera Booking Photo
Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested two men Thursday afternoon, after a resident caught them breaking into his home.      

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, at about 1:10 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a resident reporting that he had just chased two men from his home on the 2700 block of Emerson Street.  Officers responded to the area, located the two men a short distance away, and detained them without incident. 

Investigation revealed that the victim, a male in his sixties, had returned home to find an unfamiliar male subject inside of his residence.  Upon being confronted, the suspect ran from the home.  The victim briefly gave chase as the suspect fled on foot northbound on Emerson Street.  After aborting his pursuit, the victim noticed a second male subject exiting his yard.  When the victim confronted him, the second suspect also fled on foot northbound on Emerson Street, at which time the victim went inside to summon police.  Shortly thereafter, responding officers located and detained one suspect at the intersection of Emerson Street and Santa Rita Avenue, and the other at the intersection of N. California Avenue and Bryant Street.    

Police booked 43-year-old Jorge Garcia Herrera and 37-year-old Jose Covarrubias, both of San Jose, for burglary of an inhabited dwelling (a felony).  Herrera was also booked for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant out of San Jose for drug-related offenses, and a violation of his probation.   Booking photographs of the suspects are attached.

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