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Suspects Arrested for Stanford Shopping Center Auto Burglaries

Police arrested two suspects after locating a suspect vehicle used in auto burglaries at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot.


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Woman Knocked to Ground During Daytime Street Robbery

Police are looking for two male suspects connected to a strong-arm robbery that took place on Monday afternoon in the Midtown area of Palo Alto.


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Applications Being Accepted for PAPD Citizens Police Academy

The Palo Alto Police Department is now accepting applications for its next Basic Citizens Police Academy, which runs from September to November 2019.


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Suspect Arrested After 29-Hour Standoff with Police

Police arrested an armed domestic violence suspect Saturday afternoon after a 29-hour standoff at a residence that began Friday morning.


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Road Rage Leads to Armed Robbery Outside Shopping Center

An argument between two drivers on the road escalated to an armed robbery in the parking lot of the Stanford Shopping Center this morning. The suspect threatened the victim with a handgun and stole the victim’s mobile phone. His identity is unknown and he is at large.


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Man Arrested Following Downtown Skateboard Attack

Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a man Wednesday morning after he attacked a pedestrian with a skateboard.


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Police Arrest Suspect in Homicide at Mobile Home Park

This morning, detectives arrested a suspect in a homicide that occurred on Monday night inside a residence at the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, after determining that the suspect responsible had already been arrested later that same night in a separate battery case.


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Police Investigating Death Inside Home

Police are investigating the death of a man inside his home at the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.



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Woman Groped Walking on University Avenue; Suspect At Large

Police are looking to identify a male suspect who jumped out of his car and sexually battered a female pedestrian. The suspect fled and is at large.


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Police Arrest Burglar Who Entered Occupied Home

Police arrested a suspect for burglarizing an occupied home Saturday morning.


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Nursing Assistant Arrested for Sexual Assault at Medical Facility

Police arrested a nursing assistant this morning for sexually assaulting one of the female patients at a care facility.


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Police Encourage Residents to Participate in National Night Out

Neighborhoods throughout Palo Alto are invited to participate in National Night Out, a campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood safety. Last year, the Palo Alto Police Department reintroduced National Night Out after a decades-long absence, with the goal of making it an annual tradition.


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Man Arrested for Indecent Exposure

Police arrested a man for exposing himself and masturbating in public in the downtown area.


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Police Seek Suspect in Sexual Battery on Bike Trail

Police are looking to identify a man who sexually battered a woman who was running on the Los Altos-Palo Alto Bike Path.


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Two Suspects in Custody for Home Invasion Robbery

Police arrested two juvenile male suspects responsible for robbing an elderly woman in her home Tuesday afternoon.


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Police Investigating Home Invasion Robbery; Suspects At Large

Police are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Midtown neighborhood of Palo Alto. The two suspects startled an elderly woman when they entered her home and stole personal property. The suspects are not identified and are at large.


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Police Investigate Solo Fatal Collision on Skyline Boulevard

A motorcyclist collided on Skyline Boulevard and died at the scene.


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Armed Robbery at 7-Eleven; Suspect At Large

A male suspect armed with a handgun entered the 7-Eleven in the Midtown neighborhood, demanded money and fled. His whereabouts are unknown and he remains at large.


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Alert Witness Helps Police Catch Smash and Grab Auto Burglars

Police caught two suspects as they were trying to flee a parking garage where they had just committed auto burglaries. Police booked both suspects into jail.


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Woman Startled When Intruder Enters Bedroom

A woman was startled early Sunday morning when an unknown man entered her bedroom, turned off the lights, and sat next to her. The woman quickly left the room and was unharmed. The suspect exited her apartment soon after. His motive, whereabouts, and identity are unknown.


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Police Capture Suspects Trying to Flee During Commercial Burglary

Police caught two suspects as they attempted to escape with stolen property from SAP early Sunday morning following a commercial burglary. During the investigation, police learned the suspects were also responsible for a second burglary at another SAP building that had occurred earlier in the day. Both suspects were arrested.


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Police Announce Return of Advanced Citizens Police Academy Classes

This spring, after a hiatus of 10 years, the Palo Alto Police Department is bringing back the Advanced Citizens Police Academy, a series of one-night-only educational classes for graduates of our popular Basic Citizens Police Academy.


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Applications Being Accepted for PAPD Citizens Police Academy

The Palo Alto Police Department is now accepting applications for its next Basic Citizens Police Academy, which runs from April to May 2019.


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Teen Falls Victim to Strong Arm Robbery; Suspects At Large

A teenage boy was the victim of a strong arm robbery that occurred on Sunday afternoon. The suspects distracted him and were able to escape. All three remain at large.


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Department Releases Names of Chief’s Advisory Group

Since issuing our news release on the Chief’s Advisory Group yesterday, we have had a few inquiries on the composition of the group. We understand the public’s interest in knowing who is a part of this group that will be meeting regularly with Chief Robert Jonsen, so we took the time last night to let all of them know in advance that we would be releasing their names to the community today.


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Chief’s Advisory Group Kicks Off with First Meeting

Chief Robert Jonsen has selected 32 members of the community to comprise his new Chief’s Advisory Group, which met for the first time last month. Those selected represent a wide geographical representation of neighborhoods throughout the city. Their role is to act as liaisons between the residents and the Police Department to help improve the quality of life in Palo Alto.


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Department Launches New Patrol Community Service Officer Program

After a decade-long hiatus, the Department is pleased to announce that we have brought back a patrol Community Service Officer program to enhance service to our community.


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Police Arrest Auto Burglar for Smash and Grabs

Police witnessed an auto burglar break into a vehicle which led to his arrest shortly after. The suspect is connected to another auto burglary that occurred in December of 2018. He was taken into custody last Friday.


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Suspect Robs Bank on California Avenue; Remains At Large

Police are looking to identify a suspect who robbed a bank on California Avenue this evening after showing a note to the teller. The suspect fled on foot and remains at large.


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Police Capture Suspect During Residential Burglary

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.


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Attempted Strong Arm Robbery Suspect At Large

Police are looking for a suspect who attempted to rob a man using physical force on Wednesday night. The same suspect may have attempted to rob another victim just moments before. The suspect has not been identified and remains at large.


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Police Searching for Two Burglars Who Entered Occupied Home

Police are looking to identify two men who entered an occupied home last week. One of the burglars was armed. The victims never came face to face with the suspects, who fled once they realized someone was home. Both men have not been identified and are at large.


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Police Arrest Prowler for Array of Charges

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.


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Three Suspects At Large After Robbing Pedestrian

A man was robbed on University Avenue near the transit station by three males last night. During the encounter, they attempted to kick the victim. All three ran away and are at large.


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Man Arrested for Sex Crime Against Child; Additional Victims Sought

Police arrested a Palo Alto man for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 with whom he is related. The suspect also teaches piano lessons to children out of his home, and police are looking into the possibility that there may be additional victims.


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Hoax Phoned-In Threat Results in Significant Police Response

An unknown suspect called police dispatch last night and falsely reported an emergency at a residence, resulting in a significant police response. Officers determined the call was a hoax, and that no emergency had occurred.


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Police Searching for Suspect in Early-Morning Sexual Assault

Police are searching for a male suspect who sexually assaulted and robbed a female pedestrian this morning shortly after 4:00 a.m.


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Police Investigating Armed Robbery Attempt of Man Last Night

Police are investigating a robbery attempt that occurred Sunday night, where two suspects brandished a firearm at the male victim and demanded his money. The suspects fled on foot and remain at large.


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Police Arrest Sexual Assault Suspect

This afternoon, police arrested the suspect who was responsible for sexually assaulting a woman who was walking on El Camino Real early Saturday morning.


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Police Searching for Man who Sexually Assaulted Woman

Police are searching for a suspect who is responsible for assaulting a woman who was walking on El Camino Real early Saturday morning. The attack was interrupted by the victim’s boyfriend and the suspect ran away. The suspect has not been identified and remains at large.


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Suspect Arrested for Assaulting Woman on Neighborhood Sidewalk

This afternoon, police arrested the suspect who attacked a woman who was walking on a neighborhood sidewalk on the evening of December 20.


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Woman Assaulted on Neighborhood Sidewalk; Suspect at Large

Police are searching for a suspect who is responsible for attacking a woman who was walking on a neighborhood sidewalk. A canine and neighborhood search was conducted. The suspect has not been identified and remains at large.


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Applications Being Accepted for PAPD Citizens Police Academy

The Palo Alto Police Department is now accepting applications for its next Basic Citizens Police Academy, which runs from January to March 2019. Applications are due by January 3, 2019.


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Man Exposes Himself to Female Cyclist

A woman riding her bicycle was the victim of indecent exposure that occurred during the day. The male suspect was in a car next to her. He remains at large.


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Strong Arm Robbery on Path Near Railroad Tracks; Suspects At Large

Three suspects robbed a man who had been walking along a bike path south of downtown Palo Alto Friday night. The suspects are at large.


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With Holiday Season Approaching, Police Offer Crime Tips to Stay Safe

In anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, the Palo Alto Police Department is re-launching a public education campaign called “Lock It or Lose It!” in an effort to prevent car and home burglaries, and is also reminding the public to take precautions to prevent package theft from porches.


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Man Exposes Himself to 14-Year-Old Girl Walking her Dog

A 14-year-old girl walking her dog was the victim of an indecent exposure Monday afternoon. The suspect is unknown and remains at large.


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Phantom of the Opera Masked Man Burglarizes Four Businesses

Police are searching for a suspect who is responsible for up to four commercial burglaries that happened early Wednesday morning. In all four cases, the windows of the businesses were smashed and the cash registers were stolen.


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Police Arrest Man for Two Arson Fires

Police arrested a suspect Saturday night for starting two fires that occurred within 50 minutes of each other. No one other than the suspect was injured.


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Purse Snatchers Rob Woman at Shopping Center

Police are searching for two men who are responsible for a strong arm robbery that occurred at the Stanford Shopping Center over the weekend. The suspects fled from the scene and their whereabouts are unknown.


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Police Investigating Attempted Strong Arm Robbery in Park

Police are searching for a suspect who shoved a woman to the ground in a park in an attempt to rob her. The suspect fled on foot and his whereabouts are unknown.




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Police Searching for Suspects in Street Robbery

Police are looking for information that will lead them to two men responsible for a street robbery that occurred over the weekend. Two women were pushed to the ground and robbed on Kingsley Avenue. The suspect and getaway driver are at large.


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Security System Spots Burglar in Home, Police Make Arrest

A resident received a remote alert from his home security system, and used his cell phone to watch in real-time as a burglar moved through his house. After a prompt call to police, officers located the suspect nearby and arrested him.


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Pedestrian Robbed at Gunpoint at 1 a.m. on Sunday Morning

An unknown suspect robbed a pedestrian at gunpoint early Sunday morning. The victim was not physically injured, and the suspect is at large.


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Police Continue to Solicit Tips on Missing Woman

Police continue to actively investigate the disappearance of 66-year-old Wamaitha Kaboga-Miller. Our detectives have no new leads and are still encouraging the public to call in tips and possible sightings.


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Police Looking For Man Who Offered Girl Ride

Police are seeking information into a suspicious circumstance involving a man who stopped to talk to an 11-year-old girl as she was riding her bicycle home from school. The man’s motive and whereabouts are unknown.


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Bicycle-Riding Thieves Rob Man on University Avenue

Police are investigating an armed street robbery that took place Tuesday morning. The two thieves fled on bicycles and are at large.


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Police Launch New Program - Student Police Academy

The Palo Alto Police Department is now accepting applications from high school students for a brand new spin on a popular community program. Our new Student Police Academy launches next month and runs through November.


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Police Arrest Suspect in Safeway Parking Lot Shooting

Last night, police arrested the suspect who shot a handgun into a vehicle in the parking of the Safeway store in the Midtown neighborhood of Palo Alto on August 3.


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Police Seek Suspect in Safeway Parking Lot Shooting

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in getting information about a shooting that occurred last night in the parking lot of the Safeway store in the Midtown neighborhood of Palo Alto. Police pursued an involved vehicle as it fled the scene, but officers still do not know the identity of the victim or the suspect and are hoping a surveillance image of the suspect will yield tips from the public.


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Police Witness Auto Burglary, Arrest One of Two Suspects

Police arrested one of two suspects last night after witnessing them commit an auto burglary at the Stanford Shopping Center. The other suspect eluded capture, but detectives are actively working to identify and arrest him.


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Police Arrest Suspects in Overnight Interrupted Burglary; Two at Large

Police interrupted an overnight burglary at a coin store and arrested two suspects who stole an undisclosed amount of coins and currency. Two additional suspects are outstanding.


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Police Arrest Juvenile Suspect for Overnight Occupied Home Burglary

Police arrested a 17-year-old burglar last weekend after he entered an occupied residence overnight and awakened the sleeping residents. Officers later connected him to a nearby bicycle theft that had occurred the same night.


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Police Make Pair of Arrests in Shopping Center Thefts

Police have arrested four suspects in connection with two separate retail thefts that occurred in the last ten days at Stanford Shopping Center.


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Peeper Caught on Surveillance Video; Police Seek Public's Help

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who peeped through the bedroom window of a home last Wednesday night.


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Officers Tell Own Personal Stories in New Recruitment Video

The Department just released a new recruitment video that will give the public as well as prospective applicants a unique glimpse into our officers.


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Police Encourage Residents to Participate in National Night Out

Neighborhoods throughout Palo Alto are invited to participate in National Night Out, a campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood safety.


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Department to Select Police Chief's Advisory Group

Police Chief Robert Jonsen is looking to recruit 16 members of the Palo Alto community to serve as an advisory group for the police department. Those selected will represent neighborhoods throughout the city and act as liaisons between the residents and the police department.


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Police Respond to Fatality at Work Site

A person died in a work site accident on Middlefield Road this morning.


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Burglar Escapes After Resident Catches Him in Home

A resident encountered a burglar inside her home Tuesday morning. Upon being confronted, the suspect fled and is currently at large.


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Department Welcomes Back Traffic Team

After a three year hiatus, the Department’s Traffic Team is making a comeback. After listening to the concerns from residents at several community meetings, Police Chief Robert Jonsen determined traffic enforcement was a top priority.


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Two Attempted Street Robberies Occur Over Weekend

A man attempted to rob a pedestrian Saturday night in the north end of the city. Minutes later, a second attempted robbery occurred close by. Police are still investigating whether the two are related. The suspect(s) is still at large.


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Police Release Sketch; Need Help Identifying Apartment Burglar

Police are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who was caught burglarizing an apartment by a resident last weekend. The suspect pushed the resident, fled, and remains at large.


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Resident Interrupts Apartment Burglary; Suspect at Large

A woman returned home to find a burglary suspect inside her apartment on Saturday. The suspect shoved the resident, escaped on foot, and remains at large.


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Police Manager Named to National Board Responsible for Setting Standards in 9-1-1 Policy

Police Technical Services Director Charles Cullen was recently elected to the Board of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) as the Western Regional Director.


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Overnight Vehicle Pursuit Results in Arrest of Wanted Suspect

Police arrested a wanted suspect overnight for a litany of charges after she led officers on a vehicle pursuit, then fought with officers and a police dog before being taken into custody.


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Armed Robbery Occurs Downtown on Saturday Night

Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Saturday night in downtown Palo Alto. The suspects are at large.


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Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Collision on East Charleston Road

A vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian crossing East Charleston Road last night.


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Police Searching for Residential Burglar Who Stole Safe

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a residential burglar caught on video who stole a safe from an unoccupied home on Wednesday afternoon.


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Police Department Hires New Public Affairs Manager

The Palo Alto Police Department has hired a veteran television news reporter as its new public affairs manager.


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Suspect Displays Gun in Waistband, Robs Downtown Bank

A suspect dressed as a construction worker and armed with a gun tucked into his waistband robbed a downtown Palo Alto bank late this afternoon.


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Police Arrest Suspect in Sexual Assault of High School Jogger

Police detectives arrested a man Sunday morning in connection with the sexual assault of a high school-aged jogger in Palo Alto on March 28.


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Hoax Phoned-In Threat Results in Lockdown at Palo Alto High School

An unknown suspect called police dispatch and threatened to “shoot up” Palo Alto High School early this afternoon. Investigators determined the call was a hoax and are actively working to identify the suspect.


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Police Searching for Suspect in Sexual Assault of High School Jogger

Police are actively investigating a sexual assault that occurred this afternoon, where an unknown suspect armed with a handgun pulled a high school-aged jogger off a path and sexually assaulted her in a greenbelt.


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Police Arrest Two Juveniles Who Fled from Stolen Car on Saturday

Police arrested two juveniles over the weekend after they both fled on foot from a stolen car during a vehicle stop, prompting a short manhunt Saturday afternoon.


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Gun-Wielding Suspect Robs Man Last Night Near Downtown Palo Alto

A suspect with a handgun robbed a male pedestrian of his wallet and cell phone late last night. The suspect is unknown and remains at large.


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Applications Being Accepted for PAPD Citizens Police Academy

The Palo Alto Police Department is now accepting applications for its next Basic Citizens Police Academy, which runs from April to May 2018.


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Early-Morning Fatal Vehicle Collision on Oregon Expressway

A head-on collision between two vehicles on Oregon Expressway this morning claimed the life of a passenger and sent both drivers to the hospital.


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Two Reported Mountain Lion Sightings in Palo Alto Last Night

Police received two reports of mountain lion sightings in the suburban portion of Palo Alto last night. Officers checked the area but did not locate the animals.


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Police Arrest Early-Morning Rooftop Prowler

Police arrested a wanted felon early Monday morning after he was spotted prowling on the rooftop of a residential garage.


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Police Arrest Man After Violent Crime Spree on Monday Night

Police arrested a man who committed multiple crimes Monday evening, ranging from battery to criminal threats and robbery at a popular Stanford Shopping Center restaurant, to spitting on a paramedic, to finally head-butting a nurse at a local hospital before being booked into jail.


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Applications Being Accepted for PAPD Citizens Police Academy

The Palo Alto Police Department is now accepting applications for its next Basic Citizens Police Academy, which runs from January to March 2018.


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Armed Suspect Robs Woman Sitting in Car of Cell Phone

An unknown suspect armed with a handgun approached a woman sitting in her car near downtown Palo Alto late Friday night and stole her cell phone. The woman was not physically injured, and the suspect is at large.


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Police Searching for Pantless Driver Who Exposed Himself to Two Girls
Police are on the lookout for a man who exposed himself to two girls Wednesday afternoon while driving pantless through Palo Alto neighborhoods.
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Police Nab Duo Who Robbed Cyclist, Also Stole Car
Two suspects ripped a purse from a woman’s hand as she cycled in downtown Palo Alto last week. Police arrested both suspects a short time later, and returned the stolen property to the victim. Police were later able to connect the suspects to a vehicle theft that had occurred the night before.
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Police Agencies Team Up to Arrest Man Intent on Committing Murder
Police agencies from across California teamed up last week to intercept and arrest a man traveling to the Bay Area with the intent to murder three of his doctors.
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Police Seeking Man for Committing Lewd Act on Bol Park Trail
Police are on the lookout for a man observed masturbating yesterday on a popular walking path in Bol Park, immediately adjacent to Gunn High School.
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Bank Robbery Suspect Spotted, Police Make Arrest After Chase
Officers arrested the suspect in yesterday’s bank robbery after a foot chase downtown this afternoon, following a tip from an alert witness who recognized him from media coverage of the robbery.
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Police Arrest Indecent Exposure Suspect from February Case
Police have arrested a suspect who exposed himself to a woman on a Palo Alto street back in February, in a case where the quick-thinking victim snapped a photo of the suspect as he walked away.
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Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle Earlier in May Succumbs to Injuries
One of two elderly pedestrians struck by a vehicle in a quiet Palo Alto neighborhood earlier in May has succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision.
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Suspect Robs Bank in Downtown Palo Alto, Remains at Large
A suspect robbed a bank in downtown Palo Alto this afternoon after passing a note to a teller. The suspect fled on foot and remains at large.
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Police Arrest Suspect for Overnight Thefts from Parked Cars
After a timely overnight call from a resident reporting a suspicious circumstance, police arrested a man for stealing items from several parked cars in Palo Alto neighborhoods.
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Police Arrest Suspect After Alert Passerby Witnesses Auto Burglary
An alert passerby witnessed an auto burglary in downtown Palo Alto, and a prompt call to the police led to the arrest of the suspect and the recovery of the stolen property.
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Naked Man in Bushes Exposes Himself to Woman on Hiking Trail
Police are asking for the public’s help with identifying a man who exposed himself to a woman hiking with her toddler on a trail at the Palo Alto Baylands.
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Police Investigating Two Prowler Incidents Last Night in College Terrace
Police are on the lookout for a man they believe to be responsible for two prowling incidents that occurred last night in the College Terrace neighborhood.
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Following Stop and Arrest by CHP, Police Arrest Two Home Burglars
Police arrested two suspects who had committed a residential burglary in Palo Alto after they were stopped by the California Highway Patrol in Gilroy and found to be in possession of the victim’s stolen property.
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Police Arrest Three Teens for Residential Burglary
Police have arrested three teenagers, including one adult, for burglarizing a Palo Alto home last month.
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Cyclist Struck by Fleeing Vehicle, Police Arrest Five After Search
After fleeing from an attempted car stop by police, a carful of suspects struck and seriously injured a cyclist before leaving the scene of the collision, abandoning their car, and running into the neighborhoods. Police ultimately located and arrested all five suspects for a variety of charges.
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Police Searching for Sexual Battery Suspect
Police are asking for the public’s assistance with identifying a suspect who sexually battered a woman last night as she walked near downtown Palo Alto.
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Detectives Identify 6 More Suspects in December Apple Store Burglary
Detectives have identified six additional suspects in the dramatic overnight burglary of the Apple Store in downtown Palo Alto from December, where a team of burglars drove a rented SUV through the glass storefront. Nine of the 10 identified suspects have now been taken into custody, and police hold an arrest warrant for the tenth.
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Police Seek Indecent Exposure Suspect Photographed by Victim
Police are asking for the public’s assistance with identifying an indecent exposure suspect who was photographed by his victim as he left the scene.
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Police Arrest Three Juveniles for Overnight Theft from Auto
Police arrested a trio of juveniles prowling a Palo Alto neighborhood overnight after a private security officer witnessed them committing a theft from an unlocked vehicle.
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Residential Burglary Suspects Caught on Video
Police are asking for the public’s help with identifying two residential burglars who were captured on video.
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Robbery Attempt Occurs at Neighborhood Park on Saturday Night
A woman walking through a Palo Alto park on Saturday night was thrown to the ground by an unknown male suspect during a robbery attempt. The woman was not physically injured and the suspect is at large.
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Victim Thwarts Purse Snatch Attempt by Throwing Coffee on Suspect
A victim threw a hot cup of coffee in the face of a would-be purse snatcher to thwart a robbery attempt over the weekend at the Stanford Shopping Center. The suspect and an accomplice escaped on a bicycle and remain at large, and police are asking for the public’s help with identifying them.
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Police Arrest Residential Burglar After Victim Sees Him Enter Side Yard
Police arrested a man for residential burglary yesterday thanks to a timely call from a resident who watched him enter her home’s side yard.
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Police Arrest Three Juveniles for Attempted Residential Burglary
Following a call from a resident reporting a stranger knocking at the front door, responding officers located four juveniles a block away who had just attempted to burglarize an unoccupied home. Police arrested three of the juveniles, while the fourth escaped in a vehicle.
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Police Arrest Residential Burglar After Victim Finds Him in Side Yard
Police tracked down and arrested a residential burglary suspect last weekend after a victim returned home to find the man exiting her side yard.
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Police Arrest Car Burglar Following Timely Call by Alert Witness
Police are crediting a timely call from an alert witness with helping them arrest an auto burglary suspect minutes after the crime occurred.
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Police Seek Information on Man Who Exposed Himself in Public
Police are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who exposed himself near the entrance to the Palo Alto Baylands.
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Detectives Arrest Getaway Driver After Unsuccessful Robbery Attempt
Following a second purse-snatch robbery at Stanford Shopping Center within three days, detectives tracked down and arrested the getaway driver in both crimes, as well as a second man whose involvement in the crimes is still being investigated.
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Armed Robbery Occurs at Cell Phone Store; No Injuries
Two armed and masked men entered a Palo Alto cell phone store at closing time, forced the two employees into a back office, and stole merchandise. Neither victim was physically injured, and the suspects remain at large.
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Robber Snatches Purse from Woman at Stanford Shopping Center
A man ripped a purse off of a woman’s shoulder as she walked to her parked car at the Stanford Shopping Center this evening. The suspect fled as a passenger in a waiting vehicle and remains at large. The victim was not physically injured.
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Residential Burglary Suspects Caught on Camera, Remain at Large
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman who were captured by surveillance cameras as they committed a daytime residential burglary.
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Burglars Smash Vehicle into Apple Store Overnight, Steal Electronics
A team of burglars drove a rented SUV through the front glass windows of the Apple Store in downtown Palo Alto early this morning, and eight to ten suspects entered the store to quickly steal a large number of items. Police arrested four suspects, and the investigation is continuing to identify and apprehend the others.
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Man in Car Exposes Himself to Woman, Remains at Large
A man pulled up in his car next to a woman walking her dog, exposed himself, and fled. The victim was able to get a picture of the suspect’s car. The suspect remains at large.
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Applications Being Accepted for PAPD Citizens Police Academy
The Palo Alto Police Department is now accepting applications for its next Basic Citizens Police Academy. Applications are due by Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
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Witness Reports Suspicious Activity, Police Nab Would-Be Bike Thief
After an alert witness observed a man using a power tool to cut a lock off of a bicycle, police responded and ultimately arrested the suspect for a variety of charges.
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Detectives Identify Suspect Wanted for Harassing Boy on Sidewalk
Detectives have tracked down and identified a man wanted for harassing an 11-year-old boy on a sidewalk on Monday afternoon, and will be sending the case to the District Attorney’s Office to review for any criminal charges.
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Police Looking for Man Who Harassed Boy on Sidewalk
Police are searching for a man who approached an 11-year-old boy on a sidewalk and asked him his name and touched his shoulder before the boy ran away.
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Police Arrest Two Men for Burglary of Vacant Commercial Building
Police arrested an uncle and his nephew on Sunday morning for burglary of a vacant commercial building.
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Robbers Pepper Spray Woman in Downtown Alley, Take Jewelry
Police are searching for two men who pepper sprayed a woman in a downtown Palo Alto alley last night before robbing her of jewelry.
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Police Arrest Uber Driver for Sexual Battery and Stalking
Police arrested an Uber driver over the weekend after he groped a female passenger and then tried to return to her home later in the night.
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Attempted Street Robbery Occurs in Neighborhood
Police are searching for a man who tried to rob two dog-walking pedestrians last night by saying he had a gun, though none was seen.
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Police Seeking Man Who Harasses Boy on Sidewalk
Police are looking for a man who approached a 10-year-old boy on a sidewalk, placed his arms around him without touching him, made a guttural noise, and then walked away.
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Victim’s Sister-in-Law Arrested for Homicide in Creekside Drive Case
Police arrested a family member this morning in the July stabbing death of a 65-year-old Palo Alto woman in her home.
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Police Seeking Residential Burglars Caught on Camera
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects who were captured by surveillance cameras as they committed a daytime residential burglary.
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Police Seek Information on Possible Lewd Conduct at City Park
Police are seeking the public's assistance with identifying a man who may have engaged in lewd conduct in a city park.
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Police Arrest Man for Brandishing Handgun During Road Rage Incident
Police arrested a man for brandishing a .45-caliber pistol at another motorist during a road rage incident this morning. No one was injured.
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Two Juveniles Arrested for Strong-Arm Robbery in Parking Garage
Police arrested two juveniles for strong-arm robbery Monday night after they stole a purse from a woman in a downtown parking garage and were pursued on foot by several witnesses. No one was injured, and police recovered all of the stolen property.
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Residential Burglary Suspects Caught on Video
A home video surveillance system captured the actions of three burglars as they crept into an unoccupied home in the evening this past week, and police are releasing the video in the hopes that it generate leads.
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Police Arrest Man for Arson at Local Hotel; No Injuries
Police arrested a man last night for arson and a litany of other charges after he set fire to a hotel room and later threatened officers with a knife. No one was injured.
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Police Seek Purse-Snatching Robber
Police are searching for a man who ripped a woman’s purse off of her shoulder in a parking lot of Stanford Shopping Center, then fled in a waiting vehicle.
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Bicyclist Succumbs to Injuries Following Collision with Vehicle
A bicyclist in his seventies has succumbed to injuries sustained in a collision that occurred on Monday morning in Palo Alto.
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Suspect Arrested in Last Week's Bank Robbery
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office has arrested the woman suspected of robbing the Star One Credit Union in Palo Alto last week.
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Police Seek Female Bank Robber
A woman entered the Star One Credit Union Tuesday morning and, after robbing the business of an undisclosed amount of cash, escaped on foot.
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Police Investigate Fatal Collision
A vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian this morning on Embarcadero Road.
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Applications Being Accepted for New PAPD Citizens Police Academy
The PAPD is now accepting applications for its Citizens Police Academy, which is returning for the first time since 2009 and features an all-new curriculum.
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Homicide Confirmed, Investigation Ongoing into Creekside Drive Death
An autopsy has confirmed that a Palo Alto woman died in her home last week of multiple stab wounds. Detectives still have no significant leads, but believe it is more likely than not that the unknown suspect knew the victim.
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OES Director Appointed to State Mutual Aid Advisory Committee
The California Office of Emergency Services has appointed City of Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services Director Ken Dueker to serve on one of California’s Mutual Aid Regional Advisory Committees.
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Police Investigating Suspicious Death Inside Residence
Police are actively investigating a suspicious death inside a residence that was discovered on Thursday evening.
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Suspicious Death Likely a Homicide, Investigation Continuing
After completing an initial investigation, police have determined that the suspicious death at a residence discovered on Thursday evening is likely a homicide. Detectives have no significant leads in the case at this point.

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Man Exposes Himself to 12-Year-Old Girl, Remains at Large
A 12-year-old girl walking her dog this afternoon was the victim of an indecent exposure. The suspect is unknown and remains at large.
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Police Arrest Man for Sexual Assault of Acquaintance
Police have arrested a man for rape, sexual battery, and false imprisonment after he assaulted an acquaintance and held her against her will in his home.

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Police Solve Lewd Conduct Case, Determine Teenager is Responsible
Officers have solved a case that occurred in April 2016 where a 17-year-old boy exhibited lewd behavior to a woman in her seventies on a public sidewalk.
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Police Arrest Man for Using Stun Gun to Rob Taxi Driver
Police arrested a parolee overnight after he refused to pay a fare to his cab driver, then discharged a stun gun at him. The victim was not injured.
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Former Hospital Housekeeping Employee Arrested for Sexual Battery
Police have arrested a former hospital housekeeping employee for sexually battering another employee working at the hospital.
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Bloomingdale’s Jewelry Burglars Busted, But One Remains At Large
Detectives have largely solved a 2015 case where a team of burglars drove a stolen SUV through the front glass doors of Bloomingdale’s overnight and stole a large amount of jewelry. Two arrests have already been made, and police are asking for the public’s help in locating a third suspect who now has a felony warrant for his arrest.
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Police Arrest Two in Possession of Stolen Mail; Third Suspect At Large
After an alert resident called police to report possible mail theft in progress at about 3:30 a.m. earlier this month, officers arrested two of the three suspects after they crashed their car and fled on foot. The third suspect remains outstanding.
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Armed Robbery Occurs Overnight at Colorado Avenue 7-Eleven Store
A handgun-wielding suspect robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store in the Midtown neighborhood overnight. No one was injured and the suspect is at large.
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High School Teacher Arrested for Sex Crimes Against Student
Police arrested a Palo Alto High School science teacher last night for committing sex crimes against one of his students after the end of the school year.
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Police Seek Overnight Burglar
A burglar entered a residence overnight while the occupants slept, stealing a purse and cell phone, and escaped undetected. The suspect is at large.
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Commercial Burglar Strikes Businesses Overnight in Palo Alto
Police are looking for a man who has broken into four closed Palo Alto businesses overnight in the past ten days.
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Police Arrest Man for Robbery & Hate Crime After Parking Dispute
Police arrested a man for strong-arm robbery, hate crimes, and hit-and-run after he assaulted a cab driver following a parking dispute.
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Governor Reappoints Police Director to State 9-1-1 Advisory Board
Governor Jerry Brown has reappointed Technical Services Director Charles Cullen of the Palo Alto Police Department to another term at the California State 9-1-1 Advisory Board.
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Woman Interrupts Daytime Burglary of Occupied Home; Suspects Flee
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.
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Police Arrest Man for Armed Robbery After Theft of Recyclables
Police arrested a man for armed robbery yesterday after he stole a bag of recyclables from another man, and then brandished a broken pair of scissors at the victim.
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Police Seek Man Who Groped 15-Year-Old Girl in Homer Avenue Tunnel
Police are looking for a man who grabbed the buttocks of a 15-year-old girl in the Homer Avenue tunnel near downtown Palo Alto on Monday afternoon.
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Woman Arrested for Trying to Set Fire to Unoccupied RV
Police arrested a woman for arson after a witness observed her trying to set fire to an unoccupied RV, and are investigating her connection to another nearby vehicle fire that had occurred in the same area about 90 minutes earlier.
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Police Arrest Four Men for Stealing Delivery Truck, Recover Property
Thanks in large measure to tracking software installed on a cell phone, police arrested four men who stole a delivery truck laden with tens of thousands of dollars of clothing last week from the Stanford Shopping Center after they found the suspects offloading the goods into a van with a stolen license plate.
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Man Exposes Himself to 7-Year-Old Girl at Elementary School
A 7-year-old playing on her elementary school campus was the victim of an indecent exposure yesterday during lunch recess. The suspect is unknown and is at large.
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Police Arrest Man After He Fires Pellet Gun at Construction Workers
Apparently upset by loud construction noise, a suspect brandished a pellet gun and knife at an apartment complex manager on Friday, then fired the weapon at construction workers. No one was injured. Police arrested the suspect without incident.
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Police Arrest Suspect After Early-Morning Auto Burglary Attempt
An early-morning potential auto burglar trying door handles of parked cars finally found one unlocked, but was surprised to discover a private security officer sitting inside. After the suspect fled, police located the suspect nearby and took him custody without incident.
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Late-Night Robbery Occurs in Downtown Parking Lot; Suspects at Large
A man was assaulted by two men and had his cell phone stolen during a late-night robbery in a downtown parking lot. The victim sustained minor injuries and the suspects are at large.
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Man Exposes Himself to 13-Year-Old Girl, Remains at Large
A 13-year-old girl walking her dogs was the victim of an indecent exposure yesterday evening. The suspect is unknown and remains at large.
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Man Arrested for Lewd Conduct in Parked Car
Police arrested a man on a warrant charging him with lewd conduct for actions that occurred in a parked car last month.
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Police Arrest Man for Felony Battery
After a verbal argument between two men turned into a physical fight leaving the victim with serious injuries, police arrested the suspect for felony battery.
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Police Arrest Man for Harassing Female Juvenile
Police arrested a man after he harassed a teenager in a parking lot and made inappropriate comments to her.
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Armed Suspects Rob Employees of Movie Theater After Closing Time
Two men armed with handguns entered a movie theater lobby after closing time last night and robbed two employees. There were no injuries, and the suspects are at large.
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Wanted Felon Captured Following Manhunt
Police arrested a wanted felon Wednesday morning, following a lengthy manhunt. The suspect had earlier fled from a pedestrian stop.
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Police Arrest Burglar After Short Crime Spree
Police arrested a man on Thursday night after a short crime spree, during which time he burglarized a business, prowled in someone’s backyard, and committed a residential burglary. An alert officer on patrol spotted him and took him into custody without incident, and police booked the suspect into jail for several charges.
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Police Arrest Residential Burglar After Foot Chase and Search
Police arrested a man for residential burglary this morning after a housecleaner observed him breaking into an occupied home. After running from police and eluding capture for almost 90 minutes, officers located him hiding under a mobile home and took him into custody without further incident.
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Man Brandishes Handgun During Road Rage Incident, Remains at Large
An incident of road rage culminated with the suspect brandishing a handgun at the other driver before driving away. The suspect is at large.
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Police Arrest Man for Indecent Exposure in Neighborhood
Police arrested a man for indecent exposure after he exposed himself to a female passerby.
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Police Arrest Suspect for Residential Burglary and Robbery
A resident returning home interrupted a residential burglary in progress, and the suspect robbed the resident of cash before fleeing on foot. Police found the suspect nearby and arrested him for burglary and robbery. The victim was not injured.
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Police Seeking Suspect in Downtown Sexual Battery Case
Police are looking for a man who grabbed the buttocks of a woman while she walked her dog in downtown Palo Alto on Tuesday evening. The suspect is at large.
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Police Arrest Four for Auto Burglaries
Police arrested four suspects yesterday afternoon for auto burglaries that occurred in Milpitas and Palo Alto, and detectives are investigating to see if they are responsible for burglaries in other cities as well.
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Beer-Stealing Shoplifters Brandish TASER-like Weapon, Escape
After a man entered a convenience store last night and ran out with two cases of beer, his accomplice brandished a TASER-like weapon at pursuing employees. The suspects escaped in a vehicle. No one was injured.
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Teacher Arrested; Sex Crimes Against Child Occurred 10 Years Ago
A Palo Alto elementary school teacher self-surrendered on Wednesday night on an arrest warrant charging him with sex crimes against the daughter of his former live-in girlfriend that occurred over a span of three years, ending more than 10 years ago. The crime occurred before the suspect was employed as a teacher, and there is currently no indication that there are any additional victims.
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Police Arrest Man for Setting Fire to Occupied Home
Police arrested a man over the weekend for setting fire to the occupied home of his former supervisor.
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Police Arrest Man for False Hate Crime Stabbing Report Last Summer
Police have arrested a man after determining that he falsely reported being stabbed in a downtown Palo Alto parking garage last summer in a case that was originally investigated as a hate crime.
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The Parent Project: It Will Change Your Life!
Get more information about our celebrated Parent Project program, which is designed for parents with strong-willed or at-risk teenagers.
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Additional Details Released About Officer-Involved Shooting
The investigation into the December 25 police shooting has shed light onto a quick and violent confrontation that transpired in 19 seconds from start to finish, resulting in the death of a man who had summoned police to the scene by falsely reporting an emergency before sprinting at officers while screaming and waving a 9-inch metal knife.

During those 19 seconds, officers retreated repeatedly, gave the suspect numerous commands to drop the knife, called for emergency back-up, and tried to summon an additional less-lethal tool to the scene; but when the suspect ignored commands to drop the knife and suddenly charged them, one officer fired their Taser and two officers fired their pistols to stop the assault. The entire encounter, including the shooting itself, was captured in its entirety from multiple angles on audio and video recording systems in several police cars.


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Officer-Involved Shooting Occurs Near Downtown on Christmas Night
An officer-involved shooting occurred on Christmas night near downtown Palo Alto. No officers were injured, and a single suspect suffered fatal injuries.
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Additional Information Released About Officer-Involved Shooting
The knife-wielding person fatally shot on Christmas night after charging at officers appears to have called 9-1-1 to report a false emergency in order to summon police to the residence.
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Suspect Arrested After Early-Morning Auto Burglary Attempt
Police arrested a suspect in the early morning hours this week after a private security officer detained him for trying to break into a car in a residential neighborhood.
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Police Seek Man Who Follows 12-Year-Old Girl, Kisses Her
Police are looking for a man who followed a 12-year-old girl as she walked back to her home, then put his hand over her mouth and kissed her cheek. When she screamed, he fled on foot. The suspect is at large, and the victim was not injured.
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Police Looking to Identify Package Thief Caught on Video
Police are asking for the public’s help with identifying a man caught on video stealing packages off of a Palo Alto front porch.
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Police Arrest Man for Indecent Exposure in Downtown Parking Garage
Police arrested a man Tuesday night after he masturbated in front of a woman driving her car in a downtown parking garage.
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Police Seek Suspect in Sexual Battery Case
A man grabbed a woman’s breasts inside her home after he offered to do gardening work for her. The victim was not injured, and the suspect is at large.
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Medication Disposal Bin Now Located in Police Station Lobby
The lobby of the Palo Alto Police Department is now equipped with a new medication disposal bin, where residents can safely dispose of any unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication of all types.
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Bomb Squad Detonates Found Grenade in Stanford Research Park
A landscaping crew digging a hole outside an office building in the Stanford Research Park was surprised to unearth a grenade this afternoon. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded, conducted a controlled detonation of the device, and determined it to be an inert fragmentation grenade.
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Police Arrest Pair for Downtown Street Robbery
Police arrested two men early Saturday morning in connection with a downtown street robbery.


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Bomb Squad Says Possible Pipe Bomb Found at Business Was Fake
The discovery of a device constructed to look like a pipe bomb disrupted a Palo Alto business today until a bomb squad responded and determined it was fake.
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Police Arrest Man for Trio of Home Burglaries
Police arrested a man on Tuesday in connection with three recent residential burglaries.
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Wanted Felon Apprehended by Police Dog
A police dog assisted an officer in arresting a wanted man who fled from him early Tuesday morning.
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Police Seek Bus Stop Purse Snatcher
A man robbed a woman of her purse near the downtown transit depot at about 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The victim suffered minor injuries and the suspect is at large.
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Man Arrested for Lewd Conduct in City Park
Police arrested a man last Thursday for engaging in lewd conduct in a city park.
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Police Arrest Man for September Stabbing
Police arrested a man Friday afternoon who was wanted in connection with a stabbing that occurred in late September.
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Man Arrested For Photographing Woman Through Bathroom Window
A man who used a cell phone to snap a picture of a woman in her own bathroom over the summer was arrested by police earlier this week.
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Man Sustains Stab Wound, Police Looking for Information
A man sustained a stab wound last night and was admitted to a local hospital for treatment. There is no suspect information.
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Police Seek Man Who Punches, Robs Woman Walking Her Baby
A man approached a woman pushing her infant in a stroller, punched her in the head, and took her purse. The suspect fled on foot and is at large; the victim sustained minor injuries and her child was unharmed.
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Can You Help Us Solve the 2001 Maria Hsiao Homicide? Watch This Video!
We need your help to solve a cold case homicide. Please watch this video and help us by sharing it on your social networks!
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Man Exposes Himself to Two 10-Year-Old Girls Walking in Neighborhood
Two 10-year-old girls walking home from school together were the victims of an indecent exposure this afternoon. The suspect is unknown and remains at large.
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Police Arrest Man for Attempted Robbery
Police arrested a suspect after he tried to take a duffle bag from a man in an apartment complex parking lot and then fought with officers who tried to subdue him.
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Police Arrest Two for Late-Night Crimes in Barron Park
After an alert resident called police to report two men behaving suspiciously in their neighborhood just after 2 a.m., officers responded and arrested them after a foot chase and a canine search. Police are now investigating any connection between the suspects and a series of thefts that also occurred in the area, as well as in Los Altos, earlier that night.
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Police Investigate Unusual Robbery Downtown; No Injuries
Police are investigating an unusual robbery reported earlier this week in downtown Palo Alto, where an unknown suspect stole an adult pedestrian’s cell phone out of the hands of a teenage girl who had asked to borrow it to make a call.
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Police Locate and Arrest Suspect from Vehicle Pursuit
Police arrested a suspect in San Jose hours after he drove away from a car stop and led officers on a short vehicle pursuit through the streets of Palo Alto.
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Police Seek Friday Evening Downtown Flasher
Police are investigating an indecent exposure incident that occurred in downtown Palo Alto on Friday evening, where the suspect followed the adult female victim before exposing himself to her.
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Man in Car Accosts Middle School Students
A man in a vehicle pulled up next to two middle school students and made inappropriate comments to them while beckoning them to get them to come closer to his car. The suspect is unknown and at large.
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Police Arrest Man for Threatening Security Guard with Knife
Police arrested a man who threatened to cut a private security guard with a knife after the guard asked him to leave a private area of the Town & Country Shopping Center. The guard used pepper spray to protect himself and was not injured.
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Man Exposes Himself to Dog-Walking Woman in Neighborhood Park
Police are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who exposed himself to an adult woman as she was walking her dog in a city park.
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Juvenile Reports Suspicious Vehicle and Behavior
Police are looking for a man who was seen behaving suspiciously Friday afternoon by an 11-year-old female cyclist on her way home from school.
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Police Seek Cycling Armed Robber
A suspect armed with a handgun robbed a man and a woman of a mobile telephone and a wallet near the Friendship Bridge at about 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night before fleeing on a bicycle. The victims were not injured and the suspect is at large.
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Police Seeking Suspect in Downtown Sexual Battery
Police are seeking a man who grabbed the buttocks of a woman walking downtown on Monday evening. The suspect fled the area on a bicycle and is at large.
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Police Arrest Man for Attempted Stabbing
Police arrested a man early Tuesday morning for an attempted stabbing that occurred two weeks earlier.
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Alert Neighbor’s Call Leads to Arrest of Prowler
An alert resident called 9-1-1 after seeing a man climb into her neighbor's backyard. Police located the suspect in the yard and arrested him for prowling and being under the influence of a narcotic.
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Police Find Prowler on Rooftop
Police arrested a man Friday afternoon after he attempted to steal the wheels from a bicycle that was parked in the carport of a home and, upon being interrupted by the resident, ran through several yards and hid atop the roof of a nearby home.
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Bomb Squad Detonates World War II-Era Grenades Found in Old Box
A resident cleaning out their home found an old box of World War II-era grenades and mortars, at least one of which was still live. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded and conducted a controlled detonation of the devices. No one was injured.
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Front Desk of Police Department to Re-Open for Friday Service Hours
After six years of being closed to the public on Fridays, the Palo Alto Police Department is pleased to announce that our front desk will be re-opening for full service on Fridays beginning on August 14.
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Statue-Throwing Home Burglars Scared Off by Alarm
Two daytime residential burglars tossed a stone garden statue through a glass door at the rear of a residence and attempted to get inside, but were scared off by an alarm that the alert resident had the presence of mind to set before she fled the home. The suspects are at large.
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Police Seek Suspects in Home-Invasion Robbery Attempt
Using a ruse of a suspect posing as a pizza delivery person to get a resident to open the front door, two additional suspects wearing masks and armed with a pistol and a knife then entered a home briefly last night but fled when confronted by other residents. No occupants sustained serious injury, and the suspects are at large.
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Police Awarded Grant Funds to Combat Alcohol-Related Crimes
The Palo Alto Police Department has received a $41,000 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct targeted enforcement of alcohol-related crimes over the coming year, and to fund alcohol education efforts as well.
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Police Arrest Door-Knocker for Attempted Residential Burglary
Police arrested a man for attempted residential burglary yesterday afternoon after he knocked at the front door of an occupied residence, and upon receiving no response, went into the back yard and attempted to get into the residence.
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Arrest Made in January Battery Case on Levee at Open Space Preserve
Police arrested a suspect over the weekend who had been wanted in conjunction with a violent battery and indecent exposure case that occurred back in January on a levee at the Palo Alto Baylands Open Space Preserve.
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Knife-Wielding Man Safely Arrested After Daring Officers to Shoot Him
Police tackled and safely arrested a knife-wielding man after he exhibited bizarre behavior at Stanford Shopping Center, then entered a nearby senior living facility, brandished the weapon at responding officers, and dared officers to shoot him.
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Man Stabbed with Screwdriver in Fight in Downtown Parking Garage
A man walking through a downtown parking garage was accosted by a group of males making racial comments, one of whom stabbed him in the leg with a screwdriver causing a moderate injury. The suspects fled and are at large.
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Second Late-Night Prowler Reported in a Week; Police Unsure if Related
For the second time in the past week, officers are investigating a late-night prowler seen on the private property of a residence. Police are unsure if the cases are related.
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Police Arrest Juvenile for Assault with Deadly Weapon
Police arrested a 17-year-old juvenile after he broke a glass jar over the head of an adult acquaintance during a dispute over marijuana. The juvenile fled into the neighborhoods and eluded authorities, only to turn himself in and be arrested 36 hours later. The victim sustained minor injuries.
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Attempted Burglary Suspect Arrested After Foot Chase
Police arrested an attempted residential burglary suspect this morning following a foot chase through the California Avenue train station.
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Police Seek Late-Night Prowler Seen Outside Residence
An unknown male was seen in the backyard of a residence late last night, and fled prior to police arrival.
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Police Arrest Woman for Downtown Attempted Armed Robbery
Police arrested a woman for attempting to rob a pedestrian of her cell phone at knifepoint on Tuesday afternoon in downtown Palo Alto. There were no injuries.
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Armed Robbery of Pedestrian Occurs Last Night Downtown; No Injuries
A suspect accosted a pedestrian last night on University Avenue and robbed him of cash at gunpoint. The victim was not injured and the suspect is at large.
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Police Arrest Teen Following Apartment Fire
Police arrested a teenager who, while attempting to manufacture hash oil, caused a fire that displaced several residents of an apartment complex.
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Police Arrest Man for Exposing Himself Downtown
A man twice exposed himself downtown on Monday afternoon. Police arrested him nearby.
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Police Seek Man Who Exposed Himself to Woman
A man driving a silver sedan exposed himself to a woman out for a walk on Wednesday morning.
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Police Seek Early Morning Pharmacy Burglars
Three men broke into a pharmacy early Wednesday morning, taking dozens of bottles of prescription medication. The suspects are at large.
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Suspect Photographs Resident through Bathroom Window
On Friday night a suspect used a cell phone to take a photograph, through an open window, of a woman showering inside her home. The suspect is at large.
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Intruder Arrested After Awakening Homeowner
A woman entered an occupied residence Tuesday morning and attempted to take the resident's vehicle at knifepoint. The victim was able to summon police and the suspect was arrested as she attempted to flee.
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Undercover Sting Nets Arrest of Man with Stolen Package from Porch
During an undercover sting, police arrested a man in possession of a package stolen off of a resident's porch after the suspect posted it for sale online.
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Auto Burglar Arrested After Ramming Detectives, Vehicle Pursuit
Police from Los Altos, Mountain View, and Palo Alto teamed up to arrest a serial auto burglar after the wanted felon rammed an occupied detective car during an arrest attempt and proceeded to lead police on a vehicle pursuit. No one was injured, and police booked the suspect for an array of charges.
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Resident Interrupts Home Burglary Attempt
A burglar posing as a construction worker looking for work opened a sliding glass door of a back yard guest house yesterday morning, but was scared away by a resident inside.
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Police Seek Late-Night Burglar
A burglar snuck into an occupied home overnight via an open window, rummaged around, and was scared away after a resident yelled at them. Police did an extensive search of the area, but the suspect escaped and remains at large.
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Burglars Smash Stolen SUV Into Bloomingdale’s Overnight, Steal Jewelry
A team of burglars drove a stolen SUV through the front glass doors of Bloomingdale’s at Stanford Shopping Center early this morning and stole a large amount of jewelry. They remain at large.
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Police Seek Suspects in Paintball Shootings of Pedestrians
Suspects shot a paintball gun from a moving vehicle at five pedestrians last night in Palo Alto in three separate assaults, striking three people and causing minor injuries.
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Surveillance Video Spots Possible Theft Suspect, Identification Needed
Police are hopeful that surveillance video may lead to the identification of a suspect who may have committed five thefts overnight last week in the College Terrace neighborhood.
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Suspect in Sexual Battery of Girl Arrested; Police Credit Social Media
Police are crediting an overwhelming community response via social media and a partnership with local media outlets with forcing the suspect who groped a 12-year-old girl at a food market to self-surrender to police this evening.
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Police Seek Suspect in Sexual Battery of 12-Year-Old Girl
Police are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a suspect who grabbed the buttocks of a 12-year-old girl while at a food market at Stanford Shopping Center.
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Burglary Arrest Made After Suspect Leaves Behind Driver’s License
Police arrested a residential burglar this morning after she accidentally dropped her driver’s license while struggling with the homeowner to get away.
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Police Arrest Man for Criminal Threats, Hate Crime in Parking Lot
Police arrested a suspect overnight for criminal threats and a hate crime after he approached a man seated in his car in a downtown parking lot and accosted him.
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Arrest Made in Stanford Shopping Center Indecent Exposure Case
Police have arrested the suspect who exposed himself to at least three people last month at the Stanford Shopping Center.
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Murder-Suicide Investigation Ends; Possible Motive Revealed
Detectives investigating the recent murder-suicide at a Palo Alto apartment complex for seniors have determined that it appears the suspect believed the victim had been stealing items from his residence, though police found no evidence that any theft had occurred.
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Indecent Exposure Occurs at Stanford Shopping Center
Police are searching for a man who exposed himself to at least three people over the course of an hour at Stanford Shopping Center last Thursday morning, and are reminding the public to contact police immediately when they witness such a crime.
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Police Arrest Man After Lengthy Chase and Standoff
SWAT team members teamed up with a police canine to apprehend a possible burglary suspect yesterday afternoon after he entered an occupied home to escape a dragnet of pursuing officers.
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Police Arrest Three Juveniles for Attempted Residential Burglary
A prompt call from an alert neighbor who witnessed two juveniles attempting to hoist a third through an exterior window of a home led to police arresting all three suspects a few blocks away.
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Resident Interrupts Attempted Burglary, Suspects at Large
Three men attempted to break into a home Wednesday morning, but were frightened away when seen by a resident inside.
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Police Investigate Possible Murder-Suicide at Apartment Complex
Police are investigating the gunshot deaths of two men inside an apartment complex in what appears may have been a murder-suicide.
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Woman Arrested for Church Burglaries
Police arrested a woman over the weekend for burglarizing the same church twice. She was also found to be in possession of property stolen from a local school.
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Gaming Console Robbery Solved, Second Suspect Arrested
Detectives have arrested the outstanding suspect who committed an armed robbery at Fry's Electronics in late January and stole gaming consoles.
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Police Nab Wallet Thief
A man stole a woman's wallet and cell phone outside a coffee shop on Monday. Police located him nearby and arrested him after a brief struggle.
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Police Seek Overnight Burglar
A burglar broke into a residence overnight while the occupants slept, stole several electronic devices, and escaped undetected. The suspect remains at large.
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Auto Burglars Strike Nine Vehicles Last Night
Burglars broke into nine parked cars, most of which were in downtown Palo Alto, during the dinnertime hours last night.
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Police Seek Man Who Exposed Himself to Juvenile Girl
A man driving a newer black hatchback exposed himself to an 11-year-old female pedestrian as she walked her dog last weekend.
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Police Arrest Man for Harassing Children
Police arrested a man last week for making inappropriate sexual comments to middle school students at a church.
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Strong-Arm Robbery Occurs at University Avenue Train Station
Two suspects approached a man who uses a wheelchair at the University Avenue train station just after 1:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, took property from his pockets, and fled on foot. The victim was not injured and the suspects are at large.
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Police Arrest Man for Indecent Exposure at Apartment Complex
Police arrested a man this week after two separate incidents where he sat naked in front of his apartment complex window and masturbated in full view of other residents.
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Burglars Smash Van into Closed Business Overnight
Two burglars broke into a closed business on California Avenue early this morning by driving their van through the front plate glass windows. They stole thousands of dollars of merchandise and are at large.
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Suspect Gropes Man in Department Store Restroom
A man entered a department store restroom, grabbed the buttocks of a urinating male customer, and peeped over the urinal partition at the customer’s exposed penis. The suspect fled and is at large.
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Suspect Photographs Woman in Public Bathroom Stall
For the second time since last summer, a man entered a women’s public restroom at the Cubberley Community Center last night and used a cell phone to take a picture of a woman while she was in a stall. The suspect is at large. Police believe it is possible the same suspect is responsible for both crimes.
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Detectives Make Arrest in Gaming Console Robbery Case
Detectives arrested one of two suspects yesterday who committed an armed robbery at Fry’s Electronics last week and stole three gaming consoles.
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Early Morning Stop Leads to Arrests, Including of Man for Pimping
Following an early morning traffic stop last week, police arrested a man for pimping, pandering, identity theft, possession of stolen mail, and drug charges. Officers arrested two passengers of the car on other charges as well.
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Press Conference Announcement: Cold Case Homicide Video to be Released on Friday
At a press conference this Friday, the Palo Alto Police Department will release a new video describing an unsolved homicide from 2001 in an effort to renew community interest in the case and to solicit tips from the public.
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Battery Reported on Levee at Open Space Preserve
Two men got into a fight on a levee at the Palo Alto Baylands Open Space Preserve after the suspect exposed himself to the victim’s girlfriend.
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Grab-and-Run Turns into Armed Robbery over Gaming Consoles
Two suspects turned a shoplifting expedition into a robbery when one of them pointed a handgun at a loss prevention employee who had attempted to stop them from stealing three gaming consoles. There were no injuries and the suspects are at large.
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Police Dog Catches Commercial Burglar
Palo Alto, CA – A police dog assisted officers in locating and arresting a man who had burglarized a vacant commercial building.
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Downtown Assault Victim Dies; Suspect Faces Manslaughter Charge
The victim of a December downtown assault died this morning after more than two weeks of hospitalization. As a result, the two suspects police arrested after the crime now face new charges.
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Housekeeper Scares Off Residential Burglars
An alert housekeeper scared off two burglars who were just about to break into the home she was cleaning. The suspects fled on foot and remain at large.
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Police Arrest Overnight Storage Unit Burglars
Police arrested two men for burglary early this morning after an alert resident’s quick observation of a partial license plate of the getaway car. A sharp-eyed officer with the Los Altos Police Department spotted the car later in the morning and helped to take the two suspects into custody.
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Public Invited to Emergency Services Panel Discussion & Recognition Event
The Office of Emergency Services is hosting a special panel discussion on January 15 on “The Age of Pandemics” as part of its annual reception. Four emergency services volunteers will also be recognized for their contributions to the community.
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Suspect Robs Pedestrian of Necklace
A man committed a street robbery on Thursday evening, ripping a gold necklace off of a female pedestrian while pushing her to the ground. The suspect fled on foot and remains at large. The victim received an abrasion to her neck.
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Police Arrest Man for Planting Camera in Employee Restroom
Police have arrested a grocery store employee who planted a hidden camera in a private employee-only restroom after a female employee discovered it.
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Police Arrest Suspect after Overnight Vehicle Pursuit
Police arrested a suspect driving a stolen vehicle for multiple charges overnight after he almost ran over an officer who had attempted to stop him. The suspect led officers on a 15-minute vehicle pursuit before driving into a neighborhood park, crashing into a fence, and fleeing on foot into private yards. With the assistance of a police helicopter and a canine, police arrested the man and booked him into jail. No officers were seriously injured.
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Police Arrest Suspect for Indecent Exposure
Police arrested a suspect Friday afternoon after he exposed himself to a man in downtown Palo Alto.
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Man in Critical Condition After Downtown Assault; Two in Custody
Two men are in custody and one victim is in critical condition after a late-night assault on the sidewalk in downtown Palo Alto this past weekend.
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Police Nab Three Following Construction Site Burglaries
The same commercial construction site was burglarized three times over the past week, twice resulting in arrests.
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Police Seek Man Who Exposed Himself to Women
Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to two female pedestrians before running away.
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Burglars Captured on Video Breaking Into Home
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two burglars who broke into a home yesterday after the break-in was captured on a resident’s video surveillance system.
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Police Apprehend Knife-Brandishing Suspect after Foot Pursuit
After a man brandished a knife inside a downtown bar and then fled on foot when officers arrived, police chased him through an adjoining restaurant and used a TASER to take him safely into custody without any injuries to bystanders or officers.
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Road Rage Incident Leads to Brandishing of Firearm
A driver in a road rage incident brandished a semi-automatic handgun at the driver of another vehicle in the parking lot of the Stanford Shopping Center yesterday afternoon before verbally accosting him and driving away. No one was injured and the suspect is at large.
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Police Arrest Two for Possessing Property Stolen from Parked Cars
An alert officer on patrol checking on an occupied vehicle wound up arresting the occupants for possessing property stolen from several parked cars.
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Gregorio Martin Santa Gadea booking photo

Man Arrested for Shooting Pellet Gun into Occupied Business
Officers arrested a man last week after he fired a pellet gun multiple times into an occupied business from the balcony of his home. No one was injured.
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Strong-Arm Robbery Occurs at California Avenue Train Station
A suspect approached a man waiting for a train at the California Avenue station on Sunday afternoon, punched him in the face, took his wallet, and escaped on a non-motorized scooter. The victim sustained a minor injury and the suspect is at large.
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Police Arrest Suspect Wanted for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Officers arrested a suspect last night who had committed a violent assault against his live-in girlfriend earlier in the day and then fled prior to police arrival.
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Suspect Wanted for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Palo Alto man who battered and sexually assaulted his live-in girlfriend early this morning. He may be armed with a knife.
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Police Arrest Man for Peeping
Police arrested a man for peeping last night after he looked through a hotel window while parents were changing the clothes of their two young daughters.
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Armed Robbery Occurs at Jewelry Store at Stanford Shopping Center
A man and woman robbed a jewelry store at Stanford Shopping Center at gunpoint this afternoon, escaping with several high-end wristwatches. No one was injured and the suspects are at large.
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Late-Reported Indecent Exposure from August May Be Same Suspect
After seeing a media report of an indecent exposure incident in Palo Alto earlier this month, a parent came forward to report that their 13-year-old daughter had also been flashed by a man with a similar description back in early August.
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Police Arrest Man for Assaulting Roommate with Knife
Police arrested a man for assaulting his roommate with a knife during an argument inside their home last week. The victim sustained moderate injuries but has since been released from a local hospital.
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Police Arrest Out-of-Compliance Sex Offender
Police arrested a registered sex offender during a pedestrian stop last week after determining he had failed to register his whereabouts with law enforcement for almost sixteen months.
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Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Vehicle; Driver Arrested for DUI
An adult pedestrian was struck and killed this morning after a vehicle left the roadway, struck a power pole, and rolled over on East Bayshore Road. The driver of the vehicle survived and was uninjured, and police have arrested him for vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI, and misdemeanor unlicensed driving.
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Third Indecent Exposure Occurs This Week; Adult Victim This Time
For the third time this week, an indecent exposure occurred on a Palo Alto neighborhood street, but this time the victim was an adult female. Police are unsure if the suspect from today’s incident is the same man from earlier in the week.
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Sketch of Suspect from Oct 9 case

Auto Burglars Strike Downtown Palo Alto Parking Garages
Burglars struck two downtown Palo Alto parking garages last night, breaking into eight vehicles during the dinnertime hours.
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Another Flashing Case with Juvenile Victim Occurs
Just over 24 hours after a man exposed himself to a 14-year-old female pedestrian, police are investigating a second indecent exposure that occurred this evening with a 10-year-old girl. Police are on high alert, are adding additional staffing, and are asking for the public’s assistance in immediately reporting suspicious behavior to authorities.
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Juvenile Arrested for Robbery Attempt
Police arrested a 14-year-old juvenile last Friday after he shot a 9-year-old acquaintance in the arm with a BB gun and demanded money from him. The younger boy was not seriously injured.
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Police Seek Man Who Exposed Himself to Juvenile Girl
Police are looking for a man in a blue pick-up truck who followed a 14-year-old female pedestrian for a few blocks, then pulled up next to her and exposed himself before driving away.
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Police Arrest Suspect Following Extended Manhunt
A nearly four-and-a-half hour police manhunt in the neighborhood north of downtown Palo Alto yesterday ended with the arrest of the suspect after an alert patrol officer spotted him emerging from a home within the search area under the unlikeliest of circumstances: as it turns out, the suspect had chatted for hours inside the residence after spontaneously befriending the homeowner.
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Dominique Arnett Tabb booking photo

Residential Burglaries on the Rise in South End of Palo Alto
There have been 15 residential burglaries reported to the Palo Alto Police Department in the month of September, a recent increase that appears to be happening in the south end of Palo Alto. Police are urging the public to take normal precautions to protect their property, and police continue to implement a multi-faceted suppression plan to slow the burglary increase. This response includes targeted patrols, comprehensive investigations, probation compliance checks, and community outreach.
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Residential Burglary Suspect Sketch

Police Arrest Two Probationers in Possession of Stolen Mail
A traffic stop by a patrol officer led to the discovery of two probationers in possession of mail stolen from several Peninsula cities. Police arrested both suspects.
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Booking photos of suspects

Police Arrest Dog-Walking Sexual Battery Suspect
Police have arrested a man who sexually battered a woman on a Palo Alto sidewalk last month while walking his dog.
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Arthur Julian Fodor booking photo

Police Arrest Two Parolees, Recover Property Stolen in Home Burglary
Instead of finding just a traffic violator when he stopped an SUV last week for running a stop sign, a patrol officer instead found two parolees and property that had been stolen in a Palo Alto residential burglary earlier in the day. Police arrested both men.
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Additional Traffic Enforcement This Week for "Operation Safe Passage"
This week, our Traffic Team and patrol officers are participating in "Operation Safe Passage," a nationwide program to help promote child safety and to elevate driver awareness during the school commute hours.
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Police Impersonator Pulls Over Teenaged Bicyclist, Displays Weapon
A juvenile male high school student was pulled over by a police impersonator, who displayed either a stun gun or a handgun while seated in his car. After reprimanding the student for committing a traffic violation, the suspect drove away and remains at large.
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Sketch of Suspect

Advice and Information About Police Impersonators
With the recent incident involving the police impersonator, our community is understandably a little uneasy. We want to address some of those concerns, and we offer the following advice for how to tell if you're being stopped by a real police officer.
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Police Arrest Man for Lewd Conduct, Seale Park Case Solved
Police arrested a man for two incidents of lewd conduct that occurred on August 2. The same man has also been charged in connection with the Seale Park incident on August 1.
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Woman Arrested After Robbing Bank on California Avenue
A woman entered a Wells Fargo Bank in Palo Alto on Wednesday afternoon and robbed the bank of an undisclosed amount of cash. Police located and arrested the woman a short distance away.
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Sexual Battery Occurs on Park Boulevard
A man grabbed a woman's breast to the rear of a business on Park Boulevard yesterday afternoon. The suspect is at large.
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Officer Interrupts Violent Assault in Parking Lot, Arrests Suspect
An alert patrol officer interrupted a violent assault late Saturday night in a downtown parking lot, coming upon a suspect who had beaten a man to the ground with a cane and was kicking him in the head. The officer arrested the suspect after a brief foot pursuit, and later booked the suspect for assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, resisting arrest, and a hate crime. Two victims sustained minor physical injuries.
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Shane Patrick Collins booking photo

Off-Duty Detective Spots Downtown Robbery Suspect, Arrest Follows
An off-duty detective on his way to work spotted a man who resembled the suspect in a robbery from downtown Palo Alto earlier this month. After taking the suspect into custody for a parole violation, detectives conducted additional investigation and arrested him this afternoon for the robbery.
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Police Investigate Sexual Assault in Vehicle
Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred in May in a vehicle after a woman in downtown Palo Alto got into a car with an unknown male during the early morning hours. The suspect is at large.
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Police Arrest Palo Alto Martial Arts Instructor
Police arrested an instructor at a Palo Alto martial arts studio after a female student reported that he had tried to kiss her when she was 17 years old. Police are searching to see if additional victims exist.
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Jorge Alberto Tejada booking photo

Police Arrest Two for Felony Assault with Metal Flashlight
Police arrested two suspects yesterday in a felony assault case where one suspect pulled a sweatshirt over the victim’s head before striking him repeatedly in the head with a large, metal flashlight. The victim sustained moderate injuries.
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Korecky (left) and Snyder (right) booking photos

Sexual Battery Occurs on College Terrace Sidewalk
A man walking a dog yesterday afternoon struck up a conversation with a female pedestrian, walked with her for several blocks, then sexually battered her before fleeing. The woman sustained no physical injuries and the suspect is at large.
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Late-Night Robbery Reported in Downtown
A suspect who made the acquaintance of his victim at a convenience store robbed the man a short time later in downtown Palo Alto at about 11:30 p.m. last night. The victim was not injured and the suspect is at large.
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Indecent Exposure Occurs at Neighborhood Park
A man walked through an occupied playground at a neighborhood park late yesterday afternoon while committing an indecent exposure, then left on foot. The crime was witnessed by two adults but no children. The suspect is at large.
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Police Departments Team Up, Arrest Werry Park Battery Suspect
On Thursday morning, detectives arrested a suspect for the July 11 battery of a woman at a College Terrace neighborhood park, days after deputies from the Stanford Department of Public Safety arrested the same man when he committed a similar crime on the Stanford University campus.
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Ahmad Esfandyarpour booking photo

Major Injury Collision on University Avenue During Lunch Hour
A man attempting a parallel parking maneuver on University Avenue may have accidentally accelerated, striking another parked vehicle before driving onto the sidewalk and colliding with five pedestrians. One pedestrian sustained major injuries, while the other four and the driver sustained minor injuries.
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Police Seek Witnesses for Downtown Battery Investigation
Police are asking for the public’s help with the investigation of a battery that occurred in downtown Palo Alto last Thursday night. The victim sustained minor injuries and the suspect is at large.
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Police Arrest Suspect After Failed Stolen Vehicle Attempt
Police arrested a suspect early Saturday morning after he tried to steal a car from a driveway, repeatedly backing into another car before being confronted by a resident and fleeing. With the help of a police dog, officers found the suspect hiding in a nearby yard, took him into custody without incident, and booked him into jail.
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Alex Guevara booking photo

Suspect Photographs Woman in Public Bathroom Stall, Runs Away
A man entered a women’s public restroom at the Cubberley Community Center last night, used a cell phone to take a picture of a woman while she was in a stall, and ran away. The suspect is at large.
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Late-Night Armed Robbery of Pedestrian Occurs Downtown
A suspect armed with a handgun robbed a man of his cell phone and wallet near City Hall at about 1:15 a.m. this morning. The victim was not injured and the suspect is at large.
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Stranger Harasses, Batters Woman in Neighborhood Park
A man approached a woman at a park in the College Terrace neighborhood yesterday afternoon, engaged her in conversation, and then aggressively touched and kissed her before she was able to shove him away. The woman was not injured and the suspect is at large.
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Sketch of Suspect

Burglary of Occupied Home Occurs Overnight
A burglar broke into a residence overnight while an elderly couple slept, stole a briefcase of financial documents and rummaged through drawers in another room, and slipped away undetected. No one was injured, and the suspect is at large.
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Police Arrest Suspect for Robbery, Criminal Threats, and Battery
Police arrested a suspect on Monday afternoon after he confronted a group of juveniles who had thrown small noise-making fireworks off of a parking garage roof. The suspect robbed one of the juveniles of money, pushed another one, and threatened to throw them off the top of the garage. No one was injured and police took the suspect to jail.
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Police Seek Witnesses to Strong-Arm Robbery
Police are seeking witnesses to a strong-arm robbery that occurred last week in a parking lot of the Town & Country Shopping Center in Palo Alto. There were no injuries to the victim and the two suspects remain at large.
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Police Arrest Wanted Suspect After Foot Pursuit
An alert school resource officer providing security at a high school graduation ceremony last night recognized a wanted suspect in the crowd. At the conclusion of the ceremony, as officers moved in to make the arrest, the suspect fled on foot but was apprehended a short distance away and booked for an array of charges.
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Stolen iPhone and LoJack Lead to Arrest, Recovery of Stolen Vehicle
A car thief chose the wrong car to steal on Monday in San Jose, choosing one that was not only equipped with LoJack, but one that also had the victim’s iPhone with GPS tracking software in the glove compartment. Police in San Jose teamed up with officers in Palo Alto, who recovered the car and arrested the suspect.
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Redwood Trees to be Dedicated Thursday in Honor of Fallen Officers
The Palo Alto Police Department is holding a special ceremony this Thursday on National Peace Officers Memorial Day to dedicate a grove of massive Coast Redwood trees in memory of the three officers who have fallen in Palo Alto history. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend to show their support for our law enforcement community.
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Police Arrest Suspect for Strong-Arm Robbery of Bicyclist
Police arrested a man for strong-arm robbery yesterday morning five minutes after he pulled a passing bicyclist to the ground, assaulted him, and stole his cell phone. The victim sustained moderate injuries but did not require transport to a hospital. Officers recovered the cell phone and took the suspect to jail.
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Roberto Navarro booking photo

Download Our Free Mobile App Today!
The Palo Alto Police Department has a free mobile app for smartphones that gives you immediate access to the latest news, crime maps, urgent alerts, and social media posts right from the palm of your hand!
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Police Arrest Suspect Following Foot Chase
Police arrested a man for burglary and an assortment of other charges yesterday afternoon when he fled from officers after a resident found him in her backyard.
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Police Arrest Three Juveniles for Residential Burglary, Recover Gun
After a resident interrupted a residential burglary last night, officers arrested the getaway driver fleeing the scene but did not locate the other two suspects at the time. Today, detectives tracked down and arrested the outstanding suspects, one of whom fled and discarded a loaded handgun before being taken into custody. All three suspects were juveniles.
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Police Arrest Suspect for Armed Robbery of Pedestrian
Police arrested a man for armed robbery last night shortly after he robbed a pedestrian with what police later determined was a BB gun. The victim was not injured.
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Irvin Alejandro Valadez Castaneda booking photo

Police Arrest Naked Man Following Crime Spree
Police arrested a naked 18-year-old man suspected of being under the influence of narcotics after he went on a violent crime spree Friday night, fighting two residents in their homes and beating a woman who was walking her dog before finally being taken into custody after struggling with officers.
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Daiki Glenn Minaki booking photo

Wanted Felon from Texas Arrested After Foot Pursuit
Patrol officers chased down and arrested a wanted felon from Texas Sunday night for an array of charges after he fled on foot from a vehicle stop.
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Aaron Keith Stanley booking photo

Interrupted Burglary Leads to Hours-Long Containment, But No Arrests
A resident returning home from running errands interrupted a residential burglary at her house, leading police to surround her home for five hours before SWAT officers entered and determined the suspects had escaped.
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Police Arrest Door-to-Door Solicitor for Peeping
Police arrested a door-to-door solicitor for peeping after he repeatedly harassed a female resident, made a lewd comment, and then came onto her property and looked into her windows.
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Carlos Alfredo Bejinez booking photo

Police Arrest Three Teenagers for Attempted Residential Burglary
Police arrested three teens for attempted residential burglary and conspiracy after an alert resident called 9-1-1 after seeing two of them lurking in a neighbor's yard.
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Police Arrest Man with Loaded Handgun after Foot Chase
Police arrested a man in possession of a loaded handgun after he tried unsuccessfully to run away from officers who were about to search him.
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Police Arrest Suspect for Residential Burglary
Police arrested a suspect for residential burglary last night after he entered an occupied structure in the backyard of a residence.
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Kevin Raul Valencia

Police Arrest Man Downtown for Indecent Exposure
Police arrested a man last night in downtown Palo Alto after he approached a woman sitting in her parked car and masturbated in front of her.
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Overnight Alarm Leads to Arrests for Commercial Burglary
Officers responding to an alarm in the middle of the night at a closed grocery store last week found one suspect inside, and located an accomplice nearby. Police booked both suspects into jail for commercial burglary and conspiracy.
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Welch (left) and Goucher (right) booking photos

Police Arrest Suspect for Possession of Stolen Property
Police arrested a probationer last week for being in possession of a cell phone that had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle earlier in the day. Police later determined he had been riding a bicycle stolen from an unlocked garage as well.
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Suspect Displays Gun, Attempts to Rob Gas Station
A suspect displayed a handgun in his waistband in an attempt to rob a cashier at a gas station, but fled on foot when the cashier refused to cooperate. There were no injuries and the suspect is at large.
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Sexual Battery Occurs on El Camino Real Sidewalk
A man walking past a woman on an El Camino Real sidewalk yesterday afternoon made a lewd comment to her, grabbed her buttocks, and fled.
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Partnership Between Downtown Streets Team and Palo Alto Police Recognized with National Safety Award
Our partnership with the Downtown Streets Team has been recognized with a national safety award from the MetLife Foundation. Over 540 applicants nationwide competed for the honor, and we were fortunate enough to be one of 10 winners!
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Police Identify Suspect Arrested After Disarming Officer During Struggle
The Palo Alto Police Department has identified the suspect arrested yesterday following a violent struggle with police, during which time he ripped an officer's firearm – still in the holster - off of the officer’s duty belt.
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Ryan Goodson booking photo

Officers Safely Arrest Suspect After Violent Struggle Over Officer’s Gun
An officer responding to several 9-1-1 calls reporting a suspect's bizarre behavior in downtown Palo Alto was soon in a fight for his life when the suspect ripped the officer’s holstered firearm from the duty belt and pointed it at the officer. Another officer had to use their TASER to help subdue the suspect before they were able to take the suspect into custody.
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Crime Statistics Presented at Community Meeting
For those of you who may have missed our community meeting on crime last night, be sure to check out the crime statistics we shared. Here they are in their entirety.
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Officer Swims into Creek to Rescue, Then Arrest Wanted Felon
A wanted felon running from police attempted to get away by swimming across San Francisco Creek at the Palo Alto Baylands during a high tide, but experienced distress halfway across and went under the water. An officer swam into the creek, rescued the man, and pulled him safely back to shore. Police later booked him into jail.
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Lee James Daniels booking photo

Police Searching for Bicycle-Riding Purse Snatch Suspect
Police are searching for a bicycle-riding purse snatcher who committed two crimes within fifteen minutes last night in and near downtown Palo Alto. There were no injuries and the suspect remains at large.
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Sketch of Suspect

Police Invite Public to Community Meeting on Crime Next Tuesday Night
The Palo Alto Police Department will be hosting a community meeting next week to provide information on recent crime trends and to go over important crime prevention tips.
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Police Arrest Serial Car Burglar; Charged with 27 Felonies
Police have arrested a prolific auto burglar who targeted electronics left in unattended rental cars at restaurants. The suspect has since been charged with 27 felony counts of burglary and grand theft.
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Vernon Rayshaun Evans-Carmichael booking photo

Home-Invasion Armed Robbery Occurs; No Injuries to Elderly Victims
Three suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, forced their way into the home of an elderly couple after knocking on their door this morning. The suspects stole property from the victims and fled in a vehicle. Neither victim was injured.
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Sketch of Primary (Armed) Suspect

Daytime Residential Burglar Sought After Waking Sleeping Resident
A burglar rummaging through a house during the day earlier this week was scared away when he walked into a bedroom and discovered he had awakened a sleeping resident. The suspect fled in a vehicle and remains at large.
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Stolen iPad Leads Police to Arrests in Commercial Burglary Case
Two suspects who had burglarized a business overnight and stolen thousands of dollars of electronics were arrested by police, who were led directly to them by GPS tracking software installed on one of the stolen devices.
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Booking Photos of Starr (left) and Elliott (right)

Police Seek Indecent Exposure Suspect
Police are asking for the public's help with identifying a man observed masturbating in his parked vehicle on a busy downtown street last weekend.
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Sketch of Suspect

The Palo Alto Police Department's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013
The Palo Alto Police Department's Annual Report provides an overview of the department’s activity for Fiscal Year 2013
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Double-Fatal House Fire Determined to be Accidental
The Friday night fire that claimed two lives at a residence on Embarcadero Road has been ruled accidental.
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Fire at Residence on Embarcadero Road; Two Bodies Located Inside
Firefighters battling an early-evening fire tonight at a residence on Embarcadero Road discovered two bodies inside. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Neighbor’s Call Leads to Arrest of Bike Thieves; Drugs, Stun Gun Found
An alert neighbor who witnessed a bike theft made a timely call to police and provided a license plate, enabling officers to stop the two suspects nearby. Police recovered two stolen bicycles and located narcotics, a stun gun, and a bag of burglary tools in the suspect vehicle. Police booked both suspects for an array of charges.
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Deborah Alley Gerkin and Roberto Solorzano-Rodriguez booking photos

Massage Therapist Arrested for Sexual Battery
Police have arrested a massage therapist for sexual battery.
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Rajesh Kumar Vashisht booking photo

Deceased Woman Found at Heritage Park; No Signs of Foul Play
A woman was found dead this morning at Heritage Park near downtown Palo Alto, and the initial investigation shows no signs of foul play.


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Police Chief Kicks Off Holiday “Avoid the 13” Period via Twitter
Chief Dennis Burns will be out to locate and arrest impaired drivers Friday night, and he will be bringing the public along with him on a "virtual ride-along" via Twitter as the Palo Alto Police Department kicks off its annual participation in the county-wide “Avoid the 13” DUI Crackdown.


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Vehicle Strikes Pedestrian in Neighborhood
A vehicle struck a pedestrian this morning in the Barron Park neighborhood of Palo Alto.
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Fire Department Assists With Capture of Black Friday Wallet Thief
An ambulance crew with the Palo Alto Fire Department, flagged down by a crowd of people who had witnessed a wallet theft at a downtown restaurant, followed the suspect through downtown and relayed information to the police that led to the suspect's arrest.
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Mohamed Benyouref booking photo

Interagency Cooperation Leads to Arrest of 7-Eleven Armed Robbers
Our detectives have arrested the three suspects responsible for the armed robbery of a 7-Eleven convenience store last month, after alert officers from the Redwood City Police Department, who had just arrested the same three men for a burglary, recognized them from a wanted bulletin and notified our detectives.
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Suspects Maka, Tupa, and Faoa (left to right)

Upcoming Educational Event: Crime & Personal Safety for Seniors
The City of Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services is hosting an educational event for seniors on how to prepare for all hazards, ranging from natural disasters to crime.
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Strong-Arm Robbery Occurs Downtown; Police Arrest Two Suspects
Police arrested two 16-year-old males for strong-arm robbery after they knocked a pedestrian to the ground, punched him, and stole his belongings in downtown Palo Alto last night. A third suspect fled and remains at large.
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“Virtual Sit-Along” in Dispatch on Friday Is Part of Global Police Event
The Palo Alto Police Department will be hosting its sixth real-time Twitter event this Friday, this time in the form a "virtual sit-along" in our 24-hour dispatch center. The event is part of a global law enforcement “Tweet-a-thon” involving more than 120 police agencies in 7 countries.
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Police Arrest Robbery Suspect Seconds After Crime Occurs
Police were in the right place at the right time Saturday night, arresting a 17-year-old female for strong-arm robbery near downtown Palo Alto just seconds after she had punched a pedestrian, stolen her purse, and tried to run away.
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Armed Robbery Occurs Overnight at Convenience Store
Three masked suspects, including one armed with a rifle or shotgun, robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store in midtown Palo Alto overnight yesterday. The clerk sustained minor injuries and the suspects are at large.
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Early-Morning Fire of Suspicious Origin Destroys Vacant Home
An early-morning fire at a vacant home destroyed the residence. There are no known casualties, but emergency personnel consider the fire to be of suspicious origin and are actively investigating what occurred.
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Motorist Assaulted With Knife by Unknown Suspects
A man who stopped on a neighborhood street to investigate trouble with his vehicle before midnight last Saturday was attacked by two men and cut with a knife in what police are describing as a random attack with no known motive. The victim sustained moderate injuries to his arm. The suspects are at large.
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Sketch of Primary Suspect

Auto Burglaries on the Rise in Palo Alto
There were 61 auto burglaries reported to the Palo Alto Police Department in September, the highest total for a single month since at least 2008. Police are urging the public to take precautions to protect their property, and are implementing a multi-faceted response involving proactive patrol, comprehensive investigations, and community outreach in an effort to stop the crimes and arrest those responsible for them.
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September 2013 Auto Burglaries

Strong-Arm Robbery Occurs Near Downtown Palo Alto
A woman walking near downtown Palo Alto was the victim of a strong-arm robbery on Saturday afternoon. She sustained minor injuries. The suspects are at large.
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Jump on a Police Motorcycle for Our Next Twitter “Virtual Ride-Along”
The Palo Alto Police Department will be hosting its fifth "virtual ride-along" on Thursday, but this time, you're invited to climb on a police motorcycle and enforce traffic laws alongside our Traffic Team.
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Sergeant Ken Kratt

Stolen iPad Leads Police to Arrest in Residential Burglary Case
Police used a mobile application to track an iPad stolen in a Palo Alto residential burglary to a home in San Jose, where they ultimately arrested a suspect and recovered stolen property and narcotics.
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Mario Pienda Zaragoza booking photo

Construction Workers Chase and Apprehend Burglary Suspect
Construction workers witnessed an in-progress theft inside a commercial building and attempted to detain the suspect, who fought with them to escape. The workers were able to restrain the suspect until police arrived to take him into custody.
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Keneth Dale Stepp booking photo

Former Hospital Technician Arrested for Sexual Battery
Police have arrested a former hospital technician for sexually battering a patient.
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David Ira Bradford booking photo

Armed Robbery Occurs in Post Office Parking Lot at Midnight
Two men, including one armed with a handgun, robbed a couple who pulled into a post office parking lot just after midnight to mail letters. The victims were not injured and the suspects are at large.
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Police Arrest Suspects in Neighborhood Armed Robbery
Detectives have identified, tracked down, and arrested two men for robbing a pedestrian at gunpoint in a residential neighborhood north of downtown Palo Alto earlier this month.
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Vea (left) and Tupoumalohi (right) booking photos

Police Arrest Two Suspects for Residential Burglary
Officers arrested two suspects for residential burglary earlier this month shortly after they committed the crime, and detectives connected one of them to an additional residential burglary that had occurred just days before.
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Victor Hugo Marin booking photo - see news release for other suspect's photo

Driver of Cement Truck Dies After Solo Vehicle Accident
A cement truck driver died after a solo-vehicle accident on San Antonio Road and Middlefield Road this morning.
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Suspect Robs Bank in Downtown Palo Alto
A suspect entered Chase Bank in downtown Palo Alto late on Friday afternoon and robbed the business of an undisclosed amount of cash.
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Armed Robbery Occurs in Neighborhood Park
While visiting Robles Park on Thursday evening, a man and his young child were the victims of an armed robbery. Two suspects, one armed with a knife and the other armed with a handgun, stole the adult victim's property then punched him in the face and slashed his forearm with the knife. The victim sustained a minor injury and was treated at the scene by personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department. The young child was not physically harmed. The suspects fled the park on foot and remain at large.
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Police Chief Invites Public on DUI Patrol via Twitter on Friday
Chief Dennis Burns will be conducting another "virtual ride-along" via Twitter Friday night, this time with a focus on tracking down and arresting impaired drivers as part of the county-wide “Avoid the 13” Summer / Labor Day Holiday DUI Crackdown.
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Armed Robbery Occurs in Neighborhood
Two men robbed a pedestrian at gunpoint last night in a residential neighborhood north of downtown Palo Alto. The victim was not injured and the suspects are at large.
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Come Meet Eddie the Police Dog This Saturday at Heritage Park
The Palo Alto Police Department is hosting a free event this Saturday to introduce the public to Eddie, our newest police dog!

The event will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 3 - 4 PM. at Heritage Park at 300 Homer Avenue, near downtown Palo Alto.


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Eddie the Police Dog

Alert Neighbor’s Call Leads to Arrest of Burglar
Following an early-morning call from an alert resident reporting a burglary in progress at a vacant home under construction, police arrested a suspect as he fled the scene. A second suspect escaped and remains at large.
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Police Arrest Suspect for Indecent Exposure
Police arrested a man for indecent exposure after witnesses reported that he was masturbating while riding a bicycle near a park on the Fourth of July.
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Armed Robbery Occurs at Gas Station
An unknown suspect armed with a handgun and wearing a handkerchief mask robbed a gas station near Highway 101 this morning. No one was injured and the suspect is at large.
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Armed Robbery Occurs Overnight at Colorado Avenue 7-Eleven Store
An unknown suspect armed with a handgun and wearing a ski mask robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store in midtown Palo Alto overnight. No one was injured and the suspect is at large.
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Police Arrest Suspect in Downtown Sexual Battery
Police tracked down and arrested a man for sexual battery last week after he drove up to a woman getting into her car in downtown Palo Alto and grabbed her buttocks while still seated in his vehicle.
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Pedestrian Using Wheelchair Struck by Felony Hit-and-Run Suspect
Police are asking for the public's help in locating a felony hit-and-run suspect who struck a pedestrian using a wheelchair over the weekend, landing him in the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.
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Governor Appoints Police Technical Services Director to State Board
Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Technical Services Director Charles Cullen of the Palo Alto Police Department to the California State 9-1-1 Advisory Board.
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Technical Services Director Charles Cullen

Female Jogger Escapes from Sexual Assault Attempt on Baylands Trail
An unknown male suspect attacked and groped a female jogger on a trail at the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve on Sunday morning before the victim was able to push him away and free herself. The victim was not injured and the suspect is at large. Police are hoping to locate two bicyclists who witnessed the crime.
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Armed Robbery Attempted in Downtown Palo Alto
Two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, attempted to rob three women walking together in downtown Palo Alto last night. The women fled on foot and no property was taken.
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Strong-Arm Robbery Occurs in Downtown Palo Alto
A woman walking in downtown Palo Alto was the victim of a strong-arm robbery late on Monday night. She was not hurt and the suspect is at large.
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Tips Lead to Arrest of Saturday’s Credit Union Robbery Suspect
Tips from law enforcement officers from two different local agencies led to the arrest of the suspect in Saturday's robbery of a credit union.
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Man Robs Credit Union on El Camino Real
A man entered Provident Credit Union in Palo Alto on Saturday morning and robbed the business of an undisclosed amount of cash.
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Suspect Arrested by Milpitas Police Charged in Two Palo Alto Robberies
A man arrested last week by the Milpitas Police Department for bank robbery has now also been charged with robbery in two Palo Alto cases from December 2012 and January 2013.
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Police Arrest Three for Auto Burglary in Downtown Palo Alto
Police arrested three suspects for auto burglary last night after officers on a plainclothes crime suppression detail were able to connect them to two car break-ins that had just occurred at a downtown parking garage.
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Suspect Arrested in Hotel Room Robbery and Sexual Assault Case
Police have arrested a suspect for the armed robbery and sexual assault that occurred inside a room at the Glass Slipper Inn earlier this month.
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Next “Virtual Ride-Along” Friday Night Is Part of Global Police Event
The Palo Alto Police Department will host its third "virtual ride-along" via Twitter this Friday night, along with150 police agencies in 8 countries.
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Police Arrest Suspect for Stealing Thousands of Pills from Pharmacy
Police arrested a suspect last week for burglarizing a closed pharmacy and stealing more than 10,000 pills of prescription narcotic drugs.
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Jerry Silveira

Armed Robbery and Sexual Assault Occurs Inside Hotel Room
Over the weekend, a suspect armed with a knife who had pre-arranged to meet a woman inside a hotel room robbed her of cash, then committed a sexual assault. He also attempted to rob an associate of the woman as he left the hotel room. There were no injuries. Police are asking for the public's assistance with identifying the suspect.
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Armed Suspect Robs Public Storage on East Bayshore Road
A man armed with a handgun entered Public Storage yesterday afternoon and robbed the business and employee of cash and other property.
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Woman Robbed in Stairwell of Civic Center Parking Garage
A woman returning to her vehicle in the Civic Center parking garage was the victim of a strong-arm robbery overnight. She was not hurt and the suspect is at large.
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Police Arrest Suspect for Strong-Arm Robbery
Police arrested a man for strong-arm robbery overnight after he stole cash from a woman downtown and bit her when she tried to hold onto her money. Detectives do not believe this suspect is involved in any of the other street robberies that have occurred downtown in recent weeks.
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Thomas Joseph Lewis

Surveillance Camera Busts Residential Burglary Suspect
Police arrested a maintenance worker after he was photographed by a surveillance camera burglarizing an apartment.
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Victor Adrian Martinez-Lopez

Detectives Arrest Suspects from December Liquor Store Robbery
Detectives recently identified and arrested the two suspects responsible for the armed robbery of a Midtown Palo Alto liquor store in December 2012. The suspects wound up being the same two people arrested by patrol officers on January 5, 2013, for carjacking a woman in the California Avenue business district.
Amador Valentin Rivera

Armed Suspect Attempts to Rob Man in Downtown Palo Alto
A suspect armed with a handgun attempted to rob a pedestrian in a downtown Palo Alto parking garage last night. The victim fought back briefly, then ran away and escaped without injury while retaining his property. The suspect is at large.
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Fraud Arrest Leads to Illegal Assault Weapon Arrest
Detectives conducting follow-up investigation into a routine fraud arrest from the Stanford Shopping Center wound up locating an AK-47 assault rifle, a stolen handgun, and high-capacity magazines at the Oakland residence of the suspect.
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Two Juveniles Arrested After Bringing Weapons to School
In the last week, police have arrested two juveniles for bringing weapons onto the Palo Alto High School campus during school hours in two separate, unrelated incidents. Prompt action on behalf of students, school staff, and police ensured that both situations were dealt with safely. No one was injured during either incident. School administrators have taken immediate disciplinary action against both students.
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Suspect Robs Woman Walking Near Downtown
A woman sustained minor injuries tonight after she was the victim of a strong-arm robbery as she walked by herself near downtown. The suspect is at large.
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Armed Suspect Robs Man in Apartment Complex Carport
A man walking through an apartment complex carport was the victim of an armed robbery this morning. There were no injuries and the suspect is at large.
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Tri-City Anonymous Gun Buy Back Event Slated for February 23
A collaborative effort between three police departments and a local non-profit organization is bringing an anonymous gun buy back event to East Palo Alto on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
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Man Attempts to Grab 11-Year-Old Bicyclist’s Arm
Police are looking for a man who attempted to grab an 11-year-old girl's arm as she rode her bicycle past him on Monday afternoon after cursing at her as she approached him.
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Police Arrest Suspect for Indecent Exposure
Officers arrested a man for indecent exposure and lewd conduct on Wednesday morning after a citizen reported that he was walking down a neighborhood street while touching himself in a sexual manner.
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Suspect Exposes Himself to Woman on Street, Arrested Following Day
Police arrested a man today for indecent exposure after he exposed himself to a woman yesterday morning as they both walked down a street just north of downtown. Police do not believe this case is related to two prior indecent exposure incidents that occurred earlier in January.
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Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Vehicle on Embarcadero Road
A pedestrian crossing Embarcadero Road last night was struck and killed by a vehicle.
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Armed Suspect Robs Pair Walking Near Downtown
A man and woman walking together near downtown last night were the victims of an armed robbery. There were no injuries and the suspect is at large.
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Suspect Exposes Himself to Woman in Fitness Center
For the second time in two days, an unknown suspect exposed himself to a woman in Palo Alto. Police believe it is likely the same suspect in both incidents.
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Man Robs Credit Union After Displaying Handgun
A man armed with a handgun entered Provident Credit Union in Palo Alto this afternoon and robbed the business of an undisclosed amount of cash.
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Suspect Exposes Himself to Woman in Parking Lot
An unknown suspect exposed himself to a woman seated in a parked car last night in the California Avenue business district.
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Police Arrest Two Suspects for Saturday Night Carjacking
Police arrested two suspects who carjacked a woman using a BB gun on Saturday night after an officer spotted the stolen vehicle leaving the scene of the crime.
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Amador Valentin Rivera

Alert Neighbor’s Call Leads to Arrest of Package Thief
An alert neighbor called 9-1-1 after watching a suspect steal a package off a neighbor's porch on New Year’s Day. Police located the suspect nearby and arrested him for a multitude of charges, including weapons violations and possession of narcotics. Detectives have since connected the suspect to a similar theft in San Jose and are conducting follow-up investigation into other property found in his possession which may have been taken in two other package thefts from porches in the San Jose area.
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Andrew Philip Stafford

Armed Robbery Occurs at Liquor Store
Two men armed with handguns robbed a liquor store in Midtown Palo Alto on Saturday night, and absconded with alcohol and cash. There were no injuries and the suspects remain at large.
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Possible Attempted Robbery Occurs Near Stanford Hospital
A man approached a woman walking alone to her car near the Stanford Hospital last week and told her that he was trying to decide whether to rob her. After a passing jogger may have distracted him, the victim walked away. No robbery occurred and the victim was unharmed.
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Parolee Arrested for Residential Burglary and Prowling
A parolee broke into the basement of a downtown fourplex, but police arrested him shortly thereafter for an array of charges after an alert resident called 9-1-1.


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Police Investigate Second Downtown Robbery Attempt and Assault
A woman sleeping near a downtown sidewalk was beaten by an unknown suspect during a robbery attempt early Sunday morning, shortly after another failed robbery attempt occurred a few blocks away. Police believe the two incidents are likely related.
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Armed Man Robs Downtown Walgreens to Get Narcotic Pain Reliever
A man displayed a concealed handgun to a pharmacist at the downtown Walgreens store this afternoon and robbed the store of a narcotic pain reliever. The suspect fled on foot and no one was injured.
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Woman Fights Off Purse Snatcher in Downtown Robbery Attempt
A woman walking near downtown early this morning thwarted a robbery attempt and was able to keep her purse despite her attacker punching her in the face several times before fleeing empty-handed.
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Police Investigate Early Morning Burglary and Sexual Assault Attempt
Officers are investigating an early-morning break-in of an occupied residence where the unknown suspect may have been about to commit a sexual assault on the female resident.
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House Cleaner Arrested for Burglarizing Homes of Employers
Officers arrested a house cleaner for residential burglary after locating jewelry in her possession that she had stolen from two Palo Alto homes that she cleans. Police believe that she may be responsible for thefts from employers in several other Peninsula cities as well.
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Suspect Arrested After House Cleaner Interrupts Residential Burglary
A Palo Alto resident received a call from his house cleaner after she found a stranger rummaging through the house. The victim came home immediately and found the suspect trying to steal his vehicle. A timely call to the police led to the arrest of the suspect on several charges including residential burglary and attempted vehicle theft.
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Police Arrest Three Men After Interrupted Residential Burglary
Officers from the Palo Alto Police Department arrested three men last week after an interrupted residential burglary, and were able to connect them to at least two other recent home break-ins as well.
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Two Bike Thieves Arrested With Burglary Tools
Police arrested two men on an array of charges after a patrol officer recognized them from surveillance video that had captured them stealing a bicycle from a residential neighborhood less than 24 hours earlier.
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Suspect Robs Credit Union on El Camino Real
An unmasked suspect vaulted the teller counter at Star One Credit Union in Palo Alto this morning and robbed the business of an undisclosed amount of cash.
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Resident Observes Residential Burglar As He Leaves the Scene
A resident got a clear view of a residential burglar as he left the scene of the crime yesterday morning, and worked with police to produce a sketch of the suspect.
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Residential Burglary Update: Numbers Back to Average for September
The number of residential burglaries reported to the Palo Alto Police Department dropped back to average in September, following an increase in August.
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Suspect Arrested After Resident Discovers Her in His Parked Car
A Palo Alto resident found a stranger rummaging through his car on Monday morning, and a timely call to the police led to the arrest of the suspect on a multitude of charges including attempted vehicle theft and possession of stolen property.
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Two Arrested for Commercial Burglary, 49 Stolen Laptops Recovered
An alert security guard interrupted a late-night commercial burglary in progress, and officers arrested the suspects and recovered 49 stolen laptop computers. One of the suspects happened to be an off-duty security guard assigned to the very business he had just burglarized.
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Female Jogger Escapes from Sexual Assault Attempt
Early this morning, a female jogger was able to free herself from a man who approached her from behind and bear-hugged her, grabbing her breast in the process and possibly trying to pull her down. Police believe the suspect is likely the same person who has committed two recent sexual batteries in Palo Alto.
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“Quakeville 2012” Disaster Simulation Coming This Weekend
If a major disaster struck Palo Alto tomorrow, would you know what to do? Would you be able to provide for the needs of your family and pets?
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Residential Burglaries on the Rise Again in Palo Alto
The number of residential burglaries reported to the Palo Alto Police Department increased again in August and early September after occurring at relatively average rates during the months of May, June, and July.
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Auto Burglars Strike Palo Alto Parking Lots and Parking Garages
Officers from the Palo Alto Police Department have taken 17 auto burglary reports in the past two days. In all 17 vehicles, the windows were smashed and the suspects stole computer bags, laptops, electronic equipment and personal documents.
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Driver Dies After Solo Vehicle Accident
A driver died after his vehicle went off the road and struck a tree near San Antonio Road and Middlefield Road this morning.
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Suspect Arrested in Crawlspace Following Foot Pursuit and Manhunt
A police manhunt in the neighborhood north of downtown Palo Alto this afternoon ended with the arrest of the suspect after a police canine found him hiding in a crawlspace underneath a house.
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Sexual Battery Occurs at Stanford Shopping Center
A man approached a woman in the parking lot of Stanford Shopping Center this afternoon, grabbed one of her breasts over her clothes, and fled on foot.
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Armed Robbery Occurs at Valencia Market in Palo Alto
An unknown suspect robbed an El Camino Real market at gunpoint in Palo Alto last night and escaped with cash. There were no injuries.
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Sexual Battery Occurs on Palo Alto Street
A man approached a woman from behind near downtown Palo Alto yesterday, grabbed her buttocks under her dress, and fled the area on foot.
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Police Make Arrest in Arson Fire at Arastradero Preserve
Detectives arrested a suspect this morning for intentionally setting last week's four-acre wildland fire at the Enid W. Pearson-Arastradero Preserve.
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Arson Suspected in Wildland Fire at Arastradero Preserve
A grass fire that burned about four acres of Palo Alto's Enid W. Pearson-Arastradero Preserve yesterday afternoon was likely the work of an arsonist.
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View the PAPD Policy Manual!
We publish a redacted version of the most up-to-date edition PAPD Policy Manual online. View the policies that guide our actions.
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Wondering Where Crime is Occurring in Palo Alto?
You can check out CrimeReports.com to see a map of Palo Alto and where crime is occurring in town!
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Palo Alto's "Social Host" Ordinance Aims to Keep Our Youth Safe
With support from the community, the City enacted a Social Host Ordinance, PAMC 9.04.040, to address underage drinking.
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