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


PRESS RELEASE 0415201402
Subject :

Police Arrest Suspect Following Foot Chase
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Edward Vincent McDuffie booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested a man for burglary and an assortment of other charges yesterday afternoon when he fled from officers after a resident found him in her backyard.

On Monday, April 14, 2014, at about 12:49 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of Ferne Avenue called our 24-hour dispatch center to report that she had just seen an unknown male in the backyard of her residence.  The victim, a woman in her thirties, told police that the man had not seen her.  Officers responded to the address and found the suspect still in the backyard, next to a bicycle and a wheelbarrow filed with various items.  When officers called out to the suspect, he ran and jumped over a fence in the back yard to escape.  Officers chased him on foot.  About two minutes later, an officer located him hiding in bushes in the parking lot of the Crescent Park Child Development Center at 4161 Alma Street.  Police arrested the suspect without incident.  It does not appear as though the suspect committed a burglary at the residence on Ferne Avenue.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the suspect was in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and was under the influence of narcotics as well.  Officers determined that the suspect had stolen the bicycle, which had been unlocked, earlier in the day from an alleyway near Happy Donuts at 3916 El Camino Real.  Officers also determined that the suspect had burglarized an emergency preparedness storage shed in the yard of the Crescent Park Child Development Center at some point over the past few days, and stolen a number of items (including the wheelbarrow, a portable heater, canned meats, first aid supplies, plastic bins, and a rug; the total estimated value of the stolen items was about $340) from inside.  Police returned all of the Child Development Center's goods to staff there.

Police booked 46-year-old Edward Vincent McDuffie, a transient, at the Santa Clara County Main Jail for four felonies (commercial burglary, possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property, and a probation violation) and three misdemeanors (resisting arrest, under the influence of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia).  The suspect is on two separate grants of probation in Santa Clara County stemming from prior convictions for possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.   A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.

Detectives are investigating to see if the suspect is connected to any other burglaries in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.  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.