Palo Alto police used four K-9 units -- including one from Los Altos and one from Sunnyvale -- to apprehend a man who had allegedly violated a restraining order and threatened a woman in Midtown Palo Alto Thursday night, police said.
The incident started around 4:45 p.m. when officers responded to the report of a restraining order violation in the area of Colorado Avenue and Middlefield Road, Sgt. Brian Philip stated in a press release.
The victim reported to police that the man had called her several times in violation of a court order and was "attempting to physically locate her," according to Philip.
"During the conversations, the suspect criminally threatened the victim, causing her to be in immediate fear for her safety," Philip stated in the release.
Police located the suspect, identified as East Palo Alto resident Tyrell Walker, 20, in the area but he quickly fled. Police chased Walker on foot until he started climbing fences into the rear yards of homes west of Middlefield Road, Philip stated.
Police set up a perimeter and brought in the four K-9 units, with two from Palo Alto, to begin a yard-to-yard search. Walker emerged from a yard in the 2700 block of Kipling Avenue and continued to evade police. At about 8 p.m. Walker was found by a Palo Alto K-9 team in a backyard in the 400 block of Colorado Avenue, according to Philip. Walker tried to run again but was "quickly apprehended by the police canine."
Walker suffered minor injuries and was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose after getting medical treatment. He was booked on charges that included violating a restraining order, resisting arrest and making criminal threats. He was also booked on an unrelated outstanding felony warrant for auto theft, criminal threats, dissuading a witness, vandalism, hit and run, and a court order violation, according to police.