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


Subject :

Police Arrest Prowler for Array of Charges
Contact : Janine De la Vega, Public Affairs Manager    650-329-2413

Palo Alto, CA – An alert resident observed a man prowling in her yard. Police were able to capture him a short time later and discovered he was in possession of a concealed weapon, stolen mail, a counterfeit bill, and drugs.

On Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:36 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of a prowler that had been spotted in the 3000 block of La Calle Court. The preliminary investigation reveals a female in her fifties who lives at that residence saw a prowler walk through her gate and into her backyard. He then jumped over her fence and into the area of Matadero Creek. He appeared to have mail in his hands. An officer patrolling the area located a suspect matching the description of the prowler and stopped him. He was in possession of a four-inch knife in a sheath concealed in his waistband, a counterfeit bill, a stolen phone, stolen mail, and what police believe to be methamphetamine and heroin.

The mail and phone were stolen from a residence in the 800 block of Barron Avenue. The suspect was caught on surveillance camera from that home rummaging through items on the porch. Police determined that theft occurred just prior to the suspect prowling on La Calle Court. Officers returned the mail to the resident at Barron Avenue. The suspect was not in possession of any other stolen mail.

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Andrew Moriarity, a person with no permanent residential address. Moriarity was arrested for possession of a concealed weapon (felony), prowling, petty theft, possession of counterfeit money, and possession of drugs (all misdemeanors). He has three probation grants out of Santa Clara County for convictions that include possession of narcotics in jail, various narcotics offenses, manufacturing metal knuckles, possession of burglary tools, misappropriation of lost property, and identity theft. Moriarity was booked in the Santa Clara County Main Jail. A booking photo is attached to this news 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