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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Attempted Burglary Suspect Arrested After Foot Chase
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested an attempted residential burglary suspect this morning following a foot chase through the California Avenue train station.

On Friday, July 10, 2015, at about 9:47 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a resident in the 100 block of Rinconada Avenue reporting that an unknown male had just been in her house and fled on foot.  The victim reported that her husband had followed the suspect, taken pictures of him with his cell phone, and watched as the suspect had jumped a fence into a backyard of a residence at an unknown address to escape.  Officers responded to the area immediately.  The victim and her husband (both in their thirties) shared the photographs with police, who then distributed the images to everyone on patrol.

About twenty minutes later, an officer saw the suspect standing on the platform at the train station at 101 California Avenue.  When the officer went to detain the suspect, he disobeyed commands and fled on foot.  The suspect jumped over a fence on the train platform, but the officer gave chase and caught up to him.  The two physically struggled, with the suspect shoving the officer away twice and then continuing to run.  The officer again caught up to the suspect at the water fountain near the intersection of California Avenue and Park Boulevard.  The suspect again refused commands.  The officer discharged their TASER at the suspect and took him safely into custody at 10:12 a.m.

The investigation revealed that the suspect had been prowling in the backyard of the residence on Rinconada Avenue, and had attempted to enter a locked door leading into the house from the side yard.  The suspect never actually entered the home.

Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported the suspect to a local hospital for medical attention, as is standard procedure following a TASER application.  The suspect and the officer both sustained minor injuries only as a result of the incident.

After receiving a medical clearance at the hospital, police booked 27-year-old Franklin Hollis Lovell, a person with no permanent residence address, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for attempted residential burglary, prowling (for entering the private property of another when he fled from the male resident over a fence), and resisting arrest.  The first charge is a felony; the other two are misdemeanors.  His booking photo is attached.

At this point, it is unknown if this suspect is connected to any other crimes in Palo Alto, including the prowling incident on the 1000 block of Moffett Circle that occurred on the night of Wednesday, July 8, 2015.  Detectives will be following up to determine if he is connected to that crime.
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