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Prowler arrested after mistaking a roof for a train

Original post made on Feb 22, 2012

A man who was arrested for prowling on Sunday, Feb. 19, told Palo Alto police he did not know how he had gotten on a resident's roof and thought he was taking the train home.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:26 PM

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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I guess he missed the train.


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Posted by AMRW
a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm

This was probably frightening for the homeowner, but a little bit funny as an outsider. Glad he didn't get hurt.


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Now here's a guy with a real problem. Alexis Drive is way the heck over on the other side of 280 where there are no trains anywhere remotely in the area.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I thought I had heard them all!!


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Posted by student?
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm

What is he studying at Stanford?


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Of Stanford? Was he a student? Sounds like he needs to be sentanced to rehab.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

What does this guy do at Stanford?!


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Posted by Fred
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Feb 22, 2012 at 9:04 pm

He's in "training"


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Posted by Gene Poon
a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm

At least he finally got to where he belongs.


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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

@ Fred
LMFAO!! Nice one


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Posted by Old Town Paly Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:39 am

He definitely missed the train on that one!!


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Posted by CreoleLady
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

I understand this may have frightened the owner and I feel for you however this was a good laugh.


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Posted by Frank
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

First we can't afford high speed rail. Then we can't afford to upgrade Caltrain. Now they're running roofs because they can't afford real trains.

What are we coming to?


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Posted by drain
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

They are coming to the sewer drain.


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Posted by No Drunk in Public charge?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

It sounds as if the man was intoxicated to the point of blackout. Why was "drunk in public" not included in the charges? I hope that he gets the help he needs. He is probably an alcoholic who is clueless about the nature of his disease. There is help for him out there. Maybe he will be lucky enough to be sentenced to AA!


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Posted by winsanity
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

maybe he was overwhelmed by the linsanity. he was just celebrating the liberation of the asian soul.


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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Driving that train
High on cocaine
Casey Jones is ready
Watch your speed
Trouble ahead
Trouble behind
And you know that notion
Just crossed my mind
---Grateful Dead


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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Better on a roof than behind the wheel of a car.

Or on the roof of a moving car.


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Posted by wow
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm

It's particularly scary at night when it's dark. Those roofs come from above without notice. There are no flashing lights, no warning gate and no loud bells that would alert you of an oncoming set of shingles.

We were lucky this time that the young man was not seriously hurt. I hope City of Palo Alto and the Stanford University community seize this opportunity to quickly get together.

I say it is high time for our elected officials and Stanford higher-ups take action before additional innocent people are subjected to these dangerous stationary objects that are so easily confused with trains.


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Posted by DUH
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

So did he get to the Stanford VS> Cal game or what?


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Posted by The Explanation
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

It seems a lot like a fraternity hazing incident to me. Get someone really drunk and then put them in a strange place with a strange story. I wonder why no one else suggested that possibility.


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Posted by Person
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm

23 year old Grad student I'm assuming? How drunk do you have to be? Sounds a bit like a made up story.


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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

Maybe he is dual majoring in Enology and Toxicology?

Or, maybe he is earning his M.S. in A.A?

:-P


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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on Feb 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Maybe a new slogan

Drinking and riding the rails fad

Web Link

and Parcour

Web Link

don't mix


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Posted by anon
a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

Sounds like he was wai on the wong side of town for catching the train.


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