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


PRESS RELEASE 0826201501
Subject :

Police Arrest Man for Threatening Security Guard with Knife
Contact : Sean Downey, Officer, Police Department    650-329-2413
Michael David Perrine booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested a man who threatened to cut a private security guard with a knife after the guard asked him to leave a private area of the Town & Country Shopping Center.  The guard used pepper spray to protect himself and was not injured.

On Sunday, August 23, 2015, at about 7:28 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon that had just occurred at the Town & Country Shopping Center at 855 El Camino Real.  Officers responded immediately, and a deputy sheriff from the Stanford Department of Public Safety detained the suspect without incident nearby a short time later.

The victim, a man in his forties, was a uniformed private security guard contracted to work at the shopping center.  The investigation revealed that he had seen the suspect enter an alleyway of the shopping center that is only supposed to be accessed by authorized personnel.  The victim followed the suspect to investigate, and saw him crouching underneath a stairwell.  The victim asked the suspect to leave the area.  The suspect verbally challenged the victim's authority, but left the alley once the victim said he would call the police.  The suspect then displayed an unsheathed pocket knife with an exposed blade that was tucked into his waistband, told the victim that he was going to cut him, and started walking towards him.  The victim ordered the suspect to stop and back up, but the suspect ignored him and continued to walk towards him.  In an effort to protect himself, the victim sprayed the suspect in the face with pepper spray.  The suspect turned and left the area, and the victim immediately called the police to report what had occurred.

Personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department responded to the scene to treat the suspect for the pepper spray exposure.  He was not injured.  The victim also was not injured in the incident.

Police booked 41-year-old Michael David Perrine, a person with no permanent residence, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for felony criminal threats and misdemeanor brandishing.  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