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


Subject :

Wanted Felon Apprehended by Police Dog
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – A police dog assisted an officer in arresting a wanted man who fled from him early Tuesday morning. 

On Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at about 1:55 a.m. a patrol officer observed a vehicle driving recklessly on the 3000 block of Greer Road.  When the vehicle parked on the 3100 block of Maddux Drive, the officer made contact with its two occupants.  The officer recognized one of the occupants as a man who was known to have multiple warrants for his arrest. 

When the officer ordered the man out of the vehicle, he did not comply with the officer's commands and, instead, ran northbound on Maddux Drive.  The officer and a police dog gave chase, catching up to the suspect when he entered the enclosed side yard of a nearby residence.  After a brief struggle, the police dog assisted the officer in taking the suspect into custody.  The suspect sustained a dog bite to his arm. 

In the suspect’s belongings, officers located narcotics and multiple hypodermic needles. 

Police transported the suspect, 25-year-old Christopher Stadler Snyder, to a local hospital for treatment of a minor bite wound to his upper arm caused by the dog, and a few minor abrasions to his abdomen, which occurred during the struggle with the officer.  Police then booked him into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia (all misdemeanors).  He was also booked pursuant to a felony warrant out of Santa Clara County for being an accessory to a felony assault, and a misdemeanor warrant out of Palo Alto for possession of drug paraphernalia.  A booking photograph 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