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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 1112201402
Subject :

Police Apprehend Knife-Brandishing Suspect after Foot Pursuit
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Kristopher Joe Rivera booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- After a man brandished a knife inside a downtown bar and then fled on foot when officers arrived, police chased him through an adjoining restaurant and used a TASER to take him safely into custody without any injuries to bystanders or officers.

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at about 7:17 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from an employee at The Old Pro at 541 Ramona Street reporting that an intoxicated patron was inside and causing a disturbance.  As officers responded, the caller said that the suspect was armed with a knife and had just brandished it at someone inside the bar.

When the first officer arrived on scene, the suspect fled on foot out the back door of the The Old Pro.  The officer gave chase and ordered the suspect to stop, but the suspect ran into Vero Ristorante Italiano at 530 Bryant Street.  The restaurant was open for dinner and a number of people were dining inside.  As the suspect ran through the restaurant and continued to ignore commands to stop, the officer deployed their TASER and then immediately took the suspect safely into custody.  Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported the suspect to a local hospital as is standard operating procedure following a TASER application.  The suspect sustained minor injuries to his back from the TASER probes but was otherwise uninjured.  Officers located the knife in the backpack he had with him at the time of arrest.  It was a kitchen knife with an eight-inch blade.

The investigation showed that the suspect had been a customer inside The Old Pro, but had started causing a disturbance with other patrons.  Three different employees asked the suspect to leave, but he refused each time and so they called police for help.  As officers were responding, the suspect, without provocation and for unknown reasons, pulled the knife halfway out of his backpack, displayed it to a nearby patron, and threatened to cut him.  That victim, a man in his forties, was fearful for his safety.

Officers arrested 35-year-old Kristopher Joe Rivera of Redwood City and booked him into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for felony criminal threats, misdemeanor brandishing, and misdemeanor resisting arrest (for running from the officer).  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this 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 or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or