Palo Alto police officers used a Taser stun gun and police dogs to subdue a man that tried to evade arrest Wednesday morning after an alleged auto burglary, a police sergeant said.
A resident at the Boardwalk Park Place Apartments, located at 3833 Park Boulevard, called 911 at about 3 a.m. to report an auto burglary in process, Sgt. Wayne Benitez said.
Officers responded and saw the individual, but he started running away, so police established perimeters to find him, Benitez said.
Within an hour, the suspect was found on a roof of a house, Benitez said. He started jumping from one roof to another and eventually fell through the roof of a carport.
Police K-9 dogs found the suspect after a yard-to-yard search, but he put up a fight and tried choking the dogs, Benitez said. A K-9 dog bit the suspect and one officer used a Taser stun gun on him. After a five-minute showdown, four officers managed to subdue the suspect, Benitez said. The officers sustained minor injuries.
The man was identified as Ronald Joseph Costa, 42, of Hayward. He was transported to Stanford Hospital, where he is recovering. He claims he does not recall the incident, Benitez said. It is possible he was under the influence of either the drugs Phencyclidine, also known as PCP, or methamphetamine, he said.
Police recovered a stolen car across the street from the apartment complex that contained several burglary tools and stolen license plates out of Alameda County. Benitez said numerous cars with smashed windows were found nearby on Park Boulevard and Ventura Avenue.
Costa was "paper booked" into Santa Clara County jail, meaning he is technically an inmate but not in the jail due to his hospitalization. He was booked on several felony charges, among them auto burglary, attempted auto theft, resisting arrest, assault on a police dog and officers, possession of burglary tools, and prowling, according to Detective Rich Bullerjahn.
Bullerjahn said the charge of assaulting a police dog stemmed from Costa allegedly choking and hitting a dog on the nose as it had taken hold of his arm.