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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 07/14/2015
Subject :

Second Late-Night Prowler Reported in a Week; Police Unsure if Related
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- For the second time in the past week, officers are investigating a late-night prowler seen on the private property of a residence.  Police are unsure if the cases are related.

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at about 1:05 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a resident in the 200 block of Emerson Street reporting a prowler who had just been on their private property.  Officers responded to the area immediately and searched the area with a police canine, but did not locate the suspect.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a woman in her thirties, had been asleep in her bed when a dog barking from an adjoining residence woke her.  She heard a soft sound at one of her bedroom windows, through which she thought she may have seen the silhouette of a person standing outside.  About thirty seconds later, she heard a very loud sound at another bedroom window, and thought someone may have been banging on the screen.  She got out of bed, went to the window, and opened the blinds to look outside.  She saw a face close to the window, looking in at her.  She called 9-1-1 right away.  The suspect had been standing on the victim's driveway, on private property, near the side of the home.  The suspect did not have to climb over a fence or go through a gate to access this area.

The victim could only describe the suspect as a white male adult.  Due to the darkness, she was not able to describe the man further.  As a result, no suspect sketch is available.

A 14-year-old girl reported a prowler in her backyard to police on Wednesday, July 8, at about 11:23 p.m. in the 1000 block of Moffett Circle (about 2½ miles away, as the crow flies, from the 200 block of Emerson Street).  In that case, the girl described the suspect as a light-skinned male with dark hair, about six feet tall with a skinny build and wearing dark clothing.  His age and race were unknown, and no suspect sketch is available.

Detectives are not certain if the two incidents are related.  Police ask that anyone who observes (or hears, as in this case) suspicious behavior contact us immediately via 9-1-1.

Anyone with information about either 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