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


PRESS RELEASE 0415201403
Subject :

Police Arrest Three Juveniles for Residential Burglary, Recover Gun
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- After a resident interrupted a residential burglary last night, officers arrested the getaway driver fleeing the scene but did not locate the other two suspects at the time.  Today, detectives tracked down and arrested the outstanding suspects, one of whom fled and discarded a loaded handgun before being taken into custody.  All three suspects were juveniles.

On Monday, April 14, 2014, at about 7:43 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 3100 block of Stockton Place reporting a residential burglary in progress.  The victim, a woman in her fifties, returned home and noticed that the front door was open, the lights were on inside, and one of the screens over a front window had been removed from the frame.  She looked inside, saw that the house had been ransacked, saw a stranger inside her home, and heard him talking to someone else.  She also noticed a suspect sitting in a vehicle nearby.  The victim immediately left and called the police after obtaining a license plate of the vehicle, which drove off a short time later.

An officer stopped the vehicle, a green 1997 Honda Civic four-door, leaving the area at 7:50 p.m. in the 3100 block of Maddux Avenue.  Police detained the driver and solo occupant.  Detectives located a realistic-looking replica assault rifle in the trunk, along with a ski mask and a knit cap.  Detectives are investigating to see if this replica weapon and disguises have been used in any recent crimes in surrounding jurisdictions.  No such replica weapons have been used in any recent Palo Alto crimes.  Police ultimately arrested this suspect, a 15-year-old male from East Palo Alto, for felony residential burglary and released him to the custody of a parent.  Officers believe that this juvenile was the getaway driver who had been working in concert with the other two suspects.

The residential burglary investigation revealed that no items had been stolen from the home, but that the two suspects inside had filled cloth bags with miscellaneous items of personal property and stashed them near the front door.  It appeared as though the suspects had been frightened off when the resident returned home.

Officers extensively searched the area with a Palo Alto Police Department canine unit and a canine unit from the Los Altos Police Department.  Officers also requested the assistance of a police helicopter from the San Jose Police Department, which searched for the two outstanding suspects from the air to no avail.

Detectives responded to the scene and were eventually able to identify the two remaining suspects.  On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at about 2:45 p.m., detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department and officers from the East Palo Alto Police Department and Menlo Park Police Department went to a residence in the 1100 block of Carlton Avenue in Menlo Park in an effort to locate them.  Officers detained one of them without incident inside the home, but the other suspect fled out the back, discarding a loaded handgun as he ran.  That suspect ran right into the waiting arms of two detectives stationed behind the residence and was taken into custody.  No one was injured.

The suspect detained inside the home was a 16-year-old male from Menlo Park.  Police arrested him for felony residential burglary.  The other suspect was a 16-year-old male from East Palo Alto.  Police arrested him for felony residential burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, and resisting arrest.  Both of these two suspects were on juvenile probation for burglary.  Police took both suspects to the San Mateo County Juvenile Hall in accordance with standard procedures since they are both residents of San Mateo County.  The Palo Alto Police Department does not release booking photographs of juveniles, nor do we identify them by name.  No additional information on the suspects is available for release.

Detectives are investigating to see if the suspects are connected to any other burglaries or crimes in Palo Alto or surrounding communities.  Anyone with information about this incident or these suspects 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.