Palo Alto police and other law-enforcement officers barricaded a house in the 500 block of Georgia Avenue just before 11 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 15) seeking a man who had threatened his live-in woman partner with a steak knife.
But a search of the house by a robot from the Santa Clara County Bomb Squad turned up only an empty house, and the barricade was ended about 6 p.m., according to Police Lt. Sandra Brown, who was incident commander.
The Palo Alto police SWAT team followed the robot in and secured the residence.
The woman, in her early 30s, ran out of the house and reported the attack, telling authorities she thought the man was still in the house at 538 Georgia Ave., in the Barron Park area of Palo Alto. Police blocked off much of Georgia and Baker Avenue to Maybell Avenue. Some residents were allowed to come and go, depending on proximity to the 538 Georgia residence, Brown said.
Brown said the suspect, later identified as Palo Alto resident Clyde Farmer, 67, turned himself into police Sunday evening around 8:20 p.m. and was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. Brown said that there has been a history of domestic violence involving the couple. The woman is now in a protective women's shelter, Brown added.
The incident was reported shortly before 11 a.m. and police responded, surrounded the house and called in with loudspeakers. Brown said they now believe Farmer left the house immediately after the woman did.
About 15 Palo Alto officers were involved, along with a canine and two officers from Sunnyvale Public Safety Department, two Menlo Park officers, an officer from Los Altos and three sheriff's deputies, plus the sheriff's robot, which measures about 3 feet wide and 5 feet high, Brown said.