PALO ALTO, CA – A male suspect is in custody after robbing a bank. Police arrested him shortly after a pursuit.
On Monday, November 4, 2019 at around 11:56 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of a bank robbery that had just occurred at the Bank of America located at 395 Quarry Road. The preliminary investigation revealed a male suspect wearing a face mask handed a note to the teller demanding money. The teller complied and handed over cash. The suspect did not make any threats or display a weapon. The suspect put the money in his pockets and fled on a bicycle in an unknown direction.
Police responded to the area to look for the suspect. Officers encountered the suspect on the campus of Palo Alto High School. They chased him off campus southbound onto the bike path which runs parallel to the railroad tracks. Police took him into custody at 12:16 p.m. without incident.
The suspect was uninjured. Officers recovered cash from the bank inside his pants pockets. One officer sustained moderate injuries during the foot pursuit and was transported to a local hospital by paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department.
The suspect is 33-year-old David Esqueda Jr. of Redwood City. Police booked Esqueda Jr. into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for robbery, commercial burglary (both felonies) and resisting arrest (misdemeanor). Esqueda Jr. had a warrant out of Palo Alto for driving with a suspended license and is also on court probation out of San Mateo County for misdemeanor assault on a peace officer. His booking photo is attached to this news release.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.