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Police Arrest Man for Assaulting Two Women and Indecent Exposure

Police arrested a man for assaulting two women and exposing his genitals while they were at a neighborhood athletic field.


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Police Arrest Three Suspects in Gas Station Armed Robbery

Police arrested three suspects responsible for an armed robbery on Sunday night. An alert witness helped lead officers to the suspects’ location.


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Fatal Traffic Collision on El Camino Real and California Avenue

A collision on El Camino Real at California Avenue claimed the life of a juvenile riding a bicycle.


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Police Searching for Suspect in Strong-Arm Robbery at Pharmacy

Police are looking to identify a suspect who robbed the CVS Pharmacy in the Midtown neighborhood of Palo Alto.


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Police Arrest Two Suspects in Safeway Armed Robbery; One At Large

Police arrested two suspects responsible for an armed robbery that occurred at the Safeway store in the Midtown neighborhood of Palo Alto in January.


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Police Arrest Auto Burglary Suspects Linked to 10 Cases

Police arrested two auto burglary suspects after they attempted to steal from an occupied vehicle in a downtown parking garage. During the investigation, officers located a loaded .40 caliber handgun with a high capacity magazine and stolen property inside the suspect vehicle. Police connected the suspects to ten auto burglaries in 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 March to May 2020.


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Three Juveniles Arrested for Downtown Strong-Arm Robbery

Police arrested three male juveniles for robbing and physically assaulting a man walking in downtown Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon


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Police Searching for Homicide Suspect in Early Morning Shooting

Police are searching for the suspect(s) responsible for shooting and killing a man in a parking lot early Monday morning. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in this homicide.


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Police Arrest Four Suspects in Grab and Run Grand Theft at Macy's

Police arrested four suspects after another shopper witnessed them shoplifting large amounts of merchandise at Macy's and called police on Sunday afternoon.


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Reward Being Offered in Safeway Armed Robbery

Police announce a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of three suspects who are responsible for an armed robbery that took place inside the Safeway store in the Midtown neighborhood of Palo Alto early Friday morning. Police are also releasing surveillance images of the suspects. They are attached to this news release.


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Police Searching for Three Suspects in Armed Robbery at Safeway

Police are looking for three suspects following an armed robbery that took place inside the Safeway store in the Midtown neighborhood of Palo Alto early Friday morning.


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Police Seek Help Identifying Overnight Bloomingdale’s Burglars

Police need help identifying a trio of burglars who broke into Bloomingdale's after hours and stole jewelry and watches.


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Alert Witness Calls 9-1-1; Leads to Arrest of Five Auto Burglars

Police arrested five auto burglary suspects Monday morning after an alert witness called our 24-hour dispatch center to report suspicious activity.


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Police Release Sketch; Need Help Identifying Robbery Suspect

Police are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who robbed a female pedestrian on University Avenue last month.


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Police Arrest Masseur for Sexual Assault; Additional Victims Sought

Police arrested a San Jose man this morning for sex crimes after an investigation revealed he assaulted a woman he was giving a massage to at a day spa. Detectives believe there may be additional victims.


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Juvenile Arrested for Robbing Two Pedestrians

Police arrested a juvenile suspect for robbing two pedestrians within 18 minutes from each other on Tuesday afternoon. Police located the suspect approximately a mile and a half away based on the description given by the victims. A short foot pursuit ensued and officers captured the suspect in East Palo Alto. He is in custody at the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall in San Jose.


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Knife-Wielding Suspect Arrested for Assaulting Pedestrian

Police arrested a suspect for assaulting a victim in the parking of a shopping center on Friday afternoon. Officers apprehended the suspect and booked him into the San Jose Main Jail.


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Police Apprehend Student Who Made Online Threats of School Shooting

After learning late last night of an anonymous online threat to conduct a shooting at Gunn High School in Palo Alto today, police were able to identify the suspect early this morning as a 17-year-old student at the school. Police took the student into custody for a mental health evaluation. The student may also be facing criminal charges.


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Bike Riding Thief Robs Pedestrian in Downtown

Police are looking to identify and capture a suspect who robbed a female victim as she was walking down University Avenue Wednesday night.


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Suspect Arrested for Attempted Murder of Co-Worker

Police arrested a suspect for stabbing a co-worker at a business Wednesday afternoon.


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Police Offer Crime Tips to Stay Safe During Holiday Season

With the holiday season here, 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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Home Intruder Startles Sleeping Residents; Police Capture Suspect

Police arrested a suspect after he burglarized a home and then robbed the homeowner before fleeing. Police arrested him shortly after in a neighbor’s yard.


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Police Capture and Arrest Two Auto Burglars

Police witnessed an auto burglary in progress in the downtown area and quickly arrested the suspects responsible. Officers discovered two children in the getaway car near a loaded handgun along with stolen property from recent auto burglaries.


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Man Arrested for Indecent Exposure in Parking Garage

Police arrested a man for indecent exposure after he exposed himself to another male in a parking garage.


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Woman Robbed Outside Shopping Center; Suspects At Large

Police are looking to identify two suspects who robbed a woman while she was standing outside the Stanford Shopping Center.


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Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested Following Foot Pursuit

A male suspect is in custody after robbing a bank. Police arrested him shortly after a pursuit.


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Road Rage Suspect Arrested After Attacking Two Drivers

Police arrested a suspect after he went on a rampage attacking two drivers Friday evening.


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Occupied Home Burglarized; Suspects At Large

Police are looking to identify three suspects who are responsible for burglarizing a home while the homeowners were sleeping.


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Police Looking for Suspects in Strong Arm Robbery at Airbnb Property

Police are looking to identify three suspects who pushed a homeowner to the ground and robbed him at the Airbnb property he owned.


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Police Apprehend Student Who Made Online Threats of School Shooting

After learning last night of a 14-year-old high school student who had made threats online to “shoot up” Gunn High School, police were able to identify the suspect and safely take the student into custody for a mental health evaluation. The student may also be facing criminal charges.


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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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Suspect Arrested for Peeping and Lewd Conduct at Apartment Complex

Police took a male suspect into custody Wednesday, August 7, for peeping and prowling and lewd conduct at an apartment complex.


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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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View the PAPD Policy Manual!

We publish a redacted version of our PAPD Policy Manual online. View the policies that guide our actions.


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