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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0903201502
Subject :

Police Arrest Two for Late-Night Crimes in Barron Park
Contact : Marianna Villaescusa, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Lynden Robert IronteethIvan Pablo Lujano
Palo Alto, CA – After an alert resident called police to report two men behaving suspiciously in their neighborhood just after 2 a.m., officers responded and arrested them after a foot chase and a canine search.  Police are now investigating any connection between the suspects and a series of thefts that also occurred in the area, as well as in Los Altos, earlier that night.

On Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at about 2:15 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a resident reporting they had seen two men in dark clothing lurking around vehicles in the 3800 block of Magnolia Drive.  Officers responded to the area immediately, and located one man matching the description in the 500 block of Military Way.  When the officer illuminated the suspect with his patrol vehicle's spotlight, the suspect ran away on foot.  Two officers gave chase on foot, and the suspect ultimately stopped running in the 3800 block of El Camino Real and was safely detained for investigation without incident.

A search of the area by a Palo Alto Police Department canine team for the second suspect netted that suspect hiding in a backyard of a home in the 500 block of Barron Avenue.  Officers took that suspect into custody without incident as well.

The investigation revealed that the first suspect was in possession of a woman’s driver’s license and debit card that had been stolen earlier in the night from an unlocked vehicle in the 300 block of Loucks Avenue in Los Altos.  Officers were able to determine that the debit card had been fraudulently used at a Palo Alto gas station since the time of the theft.

Police booked both suspects into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.  Police booked the first suspect, 33-year-old San Jose resident Lynden Robert Ironteeth, for felony identity theft, misdemeanor possession of stolen property, and misdemeanor resisting arrest (for fleeing on foot from officers).  Officers also booked him for a felony count of committing a felony crime while out on bail for another felony (stemming from an arrest by another Santa Clara County law enforcement agency in June 2015).  Police booked the second suspect, 18-year-old San Jose resident Ivan Pablo Lujano, for misdemeanor prowling.  Booking photos of both suspects are attached to this release.

Detectives are actively investigating to see if these suspects, and potentially any others, are involved in at least five thefts in the Barron Park neighborhood that occurred that night.  Four cars, all of which were parked in driveways or on the street and left unlocked, were rummaged through by unknown suspects (with miscellaneous personal property stolen in three of the cases) overnight and reported to police after daybreak.  Those incidents occurred in the 3800 block of Magnolia Drive, the 600 block of Barron Avenue, and two in the 500 block of Military Way.  Additionally, a petty theft of a backpack that had been left unattended in a laundromat at 3894 El Camino Real was reported to police that night.

The Los Altos Police Department reports that, in addition to the petty theft from the unlocked vehicle in the 300 block of Loucks Avenue, there were 15 other unlocked vehicles that were rummaged through by unknown suspects that night (some of which had miscellaneous items stolen from inside, like loose change).  Detectives from both agencies are working together to follow up on these crimes in an effort to determine who is responsible for them.

Police remind residents to always lock and secure unattended vehicles.  Thefts and burglaries from vehicles are crimes of opportunity, and unlocked cars present an easy target for criminals to sift through your belongings and steal whatever they think may be valuable.  Police also recommend that valuables never be left in an unattended vehicle.

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