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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Arrest Juvenile for Assault with Deadly Weapon
Contact : Sean Downey, Officer, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested a 17-year-old juvenile after he broke a glass jar over the head of an adult acquaintance during a dispute over marijuana.  The juvenile fled into the neighborhoods and eluded authorities, only to turn himself in and be arrested 36 hours later.  The victim sustained minor injuries.

On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at about 1:28 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of an assault with a deadly weapon that had just occurred at Bol Park, located at 3590 Laguna Avenue.  Officers responded immediately and learned the suspect had fled on foot into the surrounding neighborhood.  Officers began to search for the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the victim, an adult male in his teens, and the suspect, a 17-year-old Palo Alto resident, had met at the park and gotten into an argument about marijuana.  As the victim was in his vehicle parked along Laguna Avenue, the suspect took a glass jar and began striking the victim's car with it, causing damage.  When the victim got out of his car to try to stop the vandalism, the suspect then struck the victim at least once in the head with the glass jar, causing it break over his head.  The suspect fled on foot into Barron Creek, and the victim called police for assistance.  Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department treated the victim at the scene, but his minor head injury did not require transport to a hospital.  A small amount of marijuana was recovered at the scene.

As police were continuing to search the area for the suspect at about 4:15 p.m., an officer from a distance observed the suspect running in the 3700 block of La Calle Court.  Around the same time, our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a burglar alarm from a home on that block.  Officers converged on the residence, but the suspect had apparently been startled by the alarm and fled into adjoining yards, ultimately escaping.  Police determined that he had broken into the home by opening a window in the backyard, and then exited from a previously-locked side door once the alarm sounded.  Nothing was taken from the home, and the home was unoccupied at the time.  Officers cleared the scene that afternoon without locating the suspect, though police continued to investigate his whereabouts.

Word soon reached the suspect that police were searching for him, and on Thursday, July 2, at about 1:20 a.m., the suspect turned himself in at the police station and was arrested without incident.

Police booked the suspect into the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall for assault with a deadly weapon and residential burglary (both felonies), as well as misdemeanor vandalism (for the damage to the victim’s car) and misdemeanor prowling (for fleeing onto the personal property of others without lawful purpose).  Any charges related to the marijuana will be determined by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.  The Palo Alto Police Department does not generally release booking photographs of juveniles, nor do we identify them by name.  No additional information on the arrested juvenile is available for 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