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


Subject :

Wanted Felon from Texas Arrested After Foot Pursuit
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Aaron Keith Stanley booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- Patrol officers chased down and arrested a wanted felon from Texas Sunday night for an array of charges after he fled on foot from a vehicle stop.

On Sunday, March 30, 2014, at about 9:42 p.m., a patrol officer stopped the man in the 00 block of Churchill Avenue (just west of Alma Street) for riding a motorcycle without a helmet.  After contacting the man and getting his identification, one officer returned to his vehicle to write a citation while a second officer stood nearby the suspect.  The suspect then started the motorcycle in an effort to ride away.  The officer immediately grabbed onto the suspect, who revved the engine but could not get it into gear.  The officer pulled the suspect off of the motorcycle, but the suspect was able to break free and ran away with both officers in foot pursuit.

After a brief chase down Churchill Avenue towards El Camino Real, one officer tackled the suspect to the ground.  Both officers struggled with the suspect for a short time before safely taking him custody.  The suspect sustained minor injuries to his face during the struggle, and was treated at the scene by personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department.  One officer sustained minor injuries to his hand and forearm, but did not require any medical attention.  The other officer was not injured.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the suspect, 27-year-old Aaron Keith Stanley of Henrietta, Texas, had a felony larceny warrant out of Clay County, Texas.  Stanley is on active parole in Texas for residential burglary.  Officers determined that Stanley had stolen the motorcycle (a 2003 Yamaha R6) three hours earlier in San Francisco, and had been driving without a license.  Police found a hypodermic needle inside Stanley's backpack.

Police booked the suspect into the Santa Clara County Main Jail pursuant to the Texas warrant and also for vehicle theft (a felony), resisting arrest (a misdemeanor), possession of a hypodermic needle (a misdemeanor), and driving without a license (a misdemeanor).  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.

There is no information at this time leading police to believe that Stanley is connected to any residential burglaries or other crimes in Palo Alto.  Anyone with information about this incident or this suspect 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.