PALO ALTO, CA – Two juveniles in a stolen vehicle burglarized a second vehicle Wednesday morning and nearly ran over the victim as they were trying to flee the scene. Police arrested one suspect; the other remains at large.
On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at around 9:28 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report of an assault with a deadly weapon involving a vehicle. The preliminary investigation revealed that the male victim in his twenties walked outside and found two male suspects rummaging around inside his vehicle in the 4000 block of Second Street. As the victim approached the suspects, they fled in an unreported stolen vehicle from earlier that morning in Palo Alto. The victim followed the suspects in his vehicle to the 2800 block of Bryant Street where the road comes to a dead end. The victim exited his vehicle and put his hands up in an attempt to stop the suspects. The suspects drove head on toward the victim and the victim had to dive out of the way to avoid being hit. The victim received minor injuries and later declined medical attention.
The suspects hit the victim’s vehicle and the collision disabled the suspect vehicle which rolled onto the curb. Both suspects exited the vehicle and ran northbound on Bryant Street. The victim caught up to the suspect who had been driving, forced him to the ground, and took his photograph. The suspect broke free and continued to run northbound on Bryant Street. Police set up perimeters in the area and located a juvenile who matched the suspect description a short time later walking in the 100 block of Churchill Avenue. Officers detained the suspect without incident and found stolen property in his backpack that belonged to the vehicle the suspect had been driving. Police determined the vehicle he had been driving had been stolen earlier that morning in the 3900 block of Park Boulevard. Officers contacted the victim in that case and returned the stolen item.
Police arrested and booked the 15-year-old suspect, who is from San Jose, into the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall for assault with a deadly weapon, auto burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property (all felonies) and hit and run (misdemeanor). We are not releasing the suspect’s booking photo because he is juvenile. Detectives are investigating whether the juvenile suspect is responsible for other similar crimes in the city. The other male suspect remains unidentified and at large. The victim described him as a Hispanic male juvenile around 16-years-old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and a medical face mask.
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