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


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Police Arrest Man for False Hate Crime Stabbing Report Last Summer
Contact : Brian Philip, Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police have arrested a man after determining that he falsely reported being stabbed in a downtown Palo Alto parking garage last summer in a case that was originally investigated as a hate crime.

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from personnel at a local hospital, reporting that they were treating a patient for a stab wound sustained an hour earlier in downtown Palo Alto.  The alleged victim, now identified as a 19-year-old suspect Jesus Francisco Cabrera of East Palo Alto, told police that he had been accosted in City Parking Garage "S" at 445 Bryant Street by three white men in their twenties who made disparaging remarks about Cabrera's ethnicity.  The three men allegedly then attacked him, and Cabrera received a moderate puncture wound to his thigh that he claimed had been caused from being stabbed by a screwdriver.  The supposed suspects fled the scene on foot, while Cabrera drove himself to the hospital.  He was treated and released that night for his injuries.

Due to the nature of Cabrera’s initial statement, detectives immediately began investigating the case as a hate crime.  We distributed a news release on July 17 about the alleged hate crime, which included sketches of two of the supposed suspects produced by a police artist who met with Cabrera.  The reported crime received attention in the local media and from the City’s Human Relations Commission, who asked police personnel to make a presentation on hate crimes in Palo Alto as a result of the case.

Since July, detectives have continued investigating this case, and identified a number of inconsistencies in Cabrera’s statements.  The completed investigation revealed that Cabrera had actually sustained the stab wound during a mutual combat fight with known acquaintances that had occurred in East Palo Alto and that arose after a dispute over graffiti. No hate crime or stabbing occurred in downtown Palo Alto.

Detectives presented the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, who filed a charge of one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting a crime against Cabrera.  A judge signed an arrest warrant last week.  Detectives summoned Cabrera to the police station on Friday, January 8, arrested him pursuant to the warrant, and booked him into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.  His booking photo 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