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


Subject :

Victim’s Sister-in-Law Arrested for Homicide in Creekside Drive Case
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a family member this morning in the July stabbing death of a 65-year-old Palo Alto woman in her home.

On Thursday, July 7, 2016, at about 7:42 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting suspicious circumstances at a residence in the 300 block of Creekside Drive.  Officers responded immediately and found the victim, 65-year-old resident Jenny Shi, deceased inside.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the reporting party was a family member of the victim (but not the same family member arrested this morning), who had gone to the home in an effort to locate her and discovered her body inside.  An autopsy performed on July 11 by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed that the victim died by homicide via multiple stab wounds.

Crime scene investigators located evidence at the home which was later processed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Crime Laboratory.  That evidence provided probable cause that the victim’s sister-in-law had committed the homicide.  Detectives presented the evidence to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, and then obtained a probable cause warrant for the suspect’s arrest.  Detectives arrested the suspect without incident at her home in the 700 block of San Antonio Road in Palo Alto this morning at about 8:04 a.m.  Detectives and crime scene personnel then served a search warrant at her home.

Police booked 41-year-old Jingyan Jin of Palo Alto into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for homicide.  Her booking photo is attached.

Despite the arrest, the investigation remains ongoing as detectives work through a significant amount of evidence.  While police are not ruling out the possibility of additional suspects being involved, there currently is no evidence to suggest that.  No further details will be released at this time, including any speculation on a possible motive.

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