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


Subject :

Woman Interrupts Daytime Burglary of Occupied Home; Suspects Flee
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Two residential burglary suspects kicked in the front door of a home yesterday afternoon, only to flee when they were surprised to find a resident inside.

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, at about 5:50 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a residential burglary that had just occurred in the 1300 block of Dana Avenue.  The victim, a woman in her sixties, reported that the suspects had fled on foot.  Officers flooded the area immediately, but could not locate the suspects.

The investigation revealed that the victim had been home alone when she heard a crashing noise from the front of her house.  She had not heard a knock at the door or her doorbell ring.  When she went to investigate, she saw that her front door had been kicked in, and she saw an unknown man standing inside.  She yelled at him and startled him.  At that point, a second male came running down the staircase from the second floor, and both men immediately ran away out the front door.  The victim called the police and last saw the two suspects running eastbound on Dana Avenue.  The suspects did not have time to steal any of the victim's property.

The victim described both suspects as males in their 20s or 30s with dark skin (she said they were possibly "Polynesian"), and both were close to six feet tall and about 250 pounds.  One was wearing orange shorts and a gray T-shirt, and the other was wearing dark shorts or pants and a top with a stripe or other marking on it.  The victim met with a police artist on May 23, resulting in a sketch of the suspect who remained by her front door (who was in orange shorts and a gray T-shirt).

Detectives are investigating the case.  There have been no similar burglaries of occupied residences in Palo Alto recently.

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