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


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Police Arrest Suspect for Residential Burglary and Robbery
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – A resident returning home interrupted a residential burglary in progress, and the suspect robbed the resident of cash before fleeing on foot. Police found the suspect nearby and arrested him for burglary and robbery.  The victim was not injured.

On Friday, February 5, 2016, at about 11:17 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a resident in the 2300 block of Edgewood Drive reporting a burglary and robbery that had just occurred.  The victim, a man in his fifties, provided a description of the suspect, who had fled on foot from the residence.  At about 11:30 a.m., an officer stopped a pedestrian matching the suspect's description on Newell Road just over the bridge into East Palo Alto, recovered the victim’s stolen property, and placed the suspect under arrest.

The investigation revealed that the victim had returned to his home and found the suspect rummaging through drawers.  The suspect had gotten inside by climbing over a fence and walking into the home through an open sliding glass door.  When the victim confronted the suspect, the suspect demanded cash from the victim.  The victim, in fear for his safety, handed over cash from his wallet.  The suspect then ran out of the front door, taking a small amount of miscellaneous personal property with him.

Police booked 21-year-old Jose Silva of East Palo Alto into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for residential burglary and robbery (both felonies).  Police also booked Silva for a felony parole violation, as he is on parole for residential burglary.  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.

Police remind residents to always close and lock doors and windows whenever leaving a home unoccupied.  For more crime prevention tips, visit

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