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


Subject :

Police Arrest Man After Lengthy Chase and Standoff
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- SWAT team members teamed up with a police canine to apprehend a possible burglary suspect yesterday afternoon after he entered an occupied home to escape a dragnet of pursuing officers.

On Monday, March 23, 2015, at about 1:47 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a suspicious person in the rear yard of a residence in the 900 block of Oregon Avenue.  When police arrived on scene, the suspect began jumping over fences to escape while officers set up a perimeter containment in the area.  The suspect even climbed up on the roofs of homes at one point to avoid capture.  At about 2:36 p.m., the suspect entered an open sliding glass door of an occupied residence in the 900 block of Elsinore Drive.
Once inside the home, the suspect came face-to-face with a woman in her forties.  She was working as a caretaker for a woman in her nineties, who was asleep in a bedroom.  The caretaker immediately ran outside and met with officers, who surrounded the home.  Officers yelled into the house in an effort to get the suspect to surrender, and this commotion caused the elderly woman to wake up.  She walked out of the home on her own accord, and never saw the suspect.
The Palo Alto Police Department's Specialized Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and Crisis Negotiations Team responded in an effort to get the suspect safely out of the home.  Despite multiple attempts at calling the suspect out, he remained hidden inside.  Eventually, SWAT officers and a police canine entered the home.  The police canine found him hiding on top of a water heater inside a closet in the garage.  When the suspect refused commands by the officers to come down, the police canine bit the suspect on the leg and helped the officers safely arrest him at about 5:22 p.m.
Police determined that the suspect had been in possession of a bicycle and a backpack containing miscellaneous personal property that had been stolen earlier in the day from outside of an apartment complex in the 400 block of West Charleston Road.  Officers recovered that property in the 900 block of Oregon Avenue.
Following a medical clearance at a local hospital for minor injuries to his leg from the canine bite, police booked 26-year-old Julian Baldes Alvarado of San Jose into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one count of misdemeanor aggravated trespass (for entering the home on Elsinore Drive), one count of misdemeanor resisting arrest (for refusing the officers’ commands during the arrest), one count of misdemeanor prowling (for being in the rear yard of the home on Oregon Avenue without lawful business), and one count of misdemeanor possession of stolen property and petty theft (for the bicycle and backpack).  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.
In addition to broadcasting live updates via social media, we also used the AlertSCC notification system to inform neighbors of what was going on, and requested that they stay indoors out of an abundance of concern for public safety.  For this event, the system contacted 708 landlines, e-mail addresses, and cell phones.  To register for the free notification service, please visit  To follow us on social media, visit for links to all of our platforms.

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