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


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Police Capture Suspect During Residential Burglary
Contact : Sergeant Craig Lee, Field Services Division    650-329-2413

Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a residential burglar shortly after he entered an unoccupied home this evening. No other suspects are outstanding. The male suspect has been identified and was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

On Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 5:08 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of a residential burglary in the 900 block of University Avenue. A female in her sixties had arrived home and found her kitchen window smashed. She immediately called 9-1-1 for help and did not enter the residence. Officers arrived shortly after and heard rustling sounds coming from upstairs. They called out for the suspect who then came down and told the officers it was his home. Officers approached the suspect inside the residence. The suspect resisted officers’ commands and a police canine was used to safely take the suspect into custody.

The suspect received minor injuries from the canine apprehension. He was treated by paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department and taken to a local hospital which is standard procedure following a canine apprehension. There were no injuries to the police dog or any officers. Officers cleared the residence and did not find any other suspects. Officers later determined the suspect had been wearing a shirt that he had taken from inside the residence. Detectives will be investigating to determine if the suspect is connected to any other residential burglaries.

The suspect was identified as 53-year-old Eugene Adkism of San Jose. Adkism was arrested for residential burglary (felony), possession of stolen property, and resisting arrest (both misdemeanors). Adkism 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