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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Arrest Wanted Suspect After Foot Pursuit
Contact : Kara Apple, Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- An alert school resource officer providing security at a high school graduation ceremony last night recognized a wanted suspect in the crowd.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, as officers moved in to make the arrest, the suspect fled on foot but was apprehended a short distance away and booked for an array of charges.

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at about 6:35 p.m., a school resource officer with the Palo Alto Police Department was working a security detail at the commencement ceremony for Palo Alto High School at 50 Embarcadero Road.  While there, he recognized a wanted suspect in the crowd observing the graduation ceremony.  The officer confirmed that the suspect had three outstanding felony warrants for his arrest, and summoned other officers to the scene.

At about 7:00 p.m., after the ceremony was over and people were milling about and enjoying refreshments, the suspect saw officers arriving in the area and fled on foot.  Three officers, including the school resource officer, gave chase.  The suspect hopped fences, crossing first the bicycle path just east of Palo Alto High School and then the railroad tracks, before emerging onto Alma Street.  He hopped a fence into the yard of a home in the 1100 block of Alma Street, and shortly thereafter hopped an adjoining fence into the yard of a home in the 100 block of Embarcadero Road.  Officers saw him emerge from that yard and trip as he stepped off a high curb into the roadway of Embarcadero Road, apparently injuring himself in the process.  Officers then took him into custody without further incident.

The suspect complained of pain to one of his knees as a result of stepping off the curb.  Officers summoned paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department to the scene, and they transported him to a local hospital for treatment.  Two officers received minor injuries during the foot pursuit (one with abrasions to his hands, and the other with a complaint of pain to a knee and back as a result of chasing the suspect over fences) and a third suffered a twisted ankle.  None of the officers required medical treatment.

After the suspect received treatment at the hospital, officers booked 20-year-old Andre John McBride of East Palo Alto into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for the three outstanding felony warrants, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and a felony probation violation.  McBride is currently on probation in Santa Clara County for narcotics possession.  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.

One of the warrants was for felony robbery and resisting arrest, as a result of a case that occurred on April 25, 2014 at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.  In that case, the suspect shoplifted items from Nordstrom.  When Nordstrom loss prevention officers tried to place him under private person's arrest for shoplifting, he fought with them and fled on foot into the eucalyptus groves surrounding the shopping center.  When an officer spotted him there and ordered him to stop, he again fled on foot and ultimately escaped.  No one was injured during the incident.  Officers identified McBride as the suspect in that case and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Another of the warrants was for grand theft, as a result of a case that occurred on April 24, 2014 at a residence in the 1400 block of Tasso Street in Palo Alto.  In that case, the suspect stole two laptops and a wallet from acquaintances.  Officers identified McBride as the suspect in that case and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

The third warrant was for second-degree burglary, as a result of case that occurred on September 18, 2013 in the 2100 block of Princeton Street in Palo Alto.  In that case, an auto burglary occurred during a three-hour time frame and cash was removed from an unoccupied parked car.  Officers later identified McBride as a suspect in that case and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

All three warrants were issued on May 1, 2014, and detectives have been actively searching for McBride since then.

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.