Two teenagers who Palo Alto police say tried to rob a house on Stockton Place on Monday night were tracked down and arrested Tuesday afternoon in Menlo Park.
The suspects, both 16, were apprehended at about 2:45 p.m. after officers located them in a home on the 1100 block of Carlton Avenue. While one boy was arrested without incident, the other one allegedly ran out the back door with a loaded gun. Police said he discarded the gun as he fled the house and ran "right into the waiting arms" of two detectives stationed behind the house. No one was injured.
The Tuesday arrests follow a Monday night arrest of a third teenager who Palo Alto police suspect was the getaway driver in the attempted burglary. Police said the burglary was interrupted when the resident, a woman in her 50s, came home and saw that her front door was open, that the lights were on and that a screen was missing on one of her windows. When she looked inside, she saw that her house had been ransacked and that a stranger was inside her home, talking to someone.
Police said the victim also noticed a third person sitting in a car near the house. She took note of the car's license plate number and called the police. Minutes later, officers stopped the car, a 1997 Honda Civic, as it was leaving the 2100 block of Maddux Avenue. In the trunk, they found a replica assault rifle, a ski mask and a knit cap. Police arrested the driver, a 15-year-old boy from East Palo Alto. He was charged with felony residential burglary and released to the custody of a parent, according to a statement from the department.
The attempted burglary drew heavy police activity to the quiet neighborhood next to Seale Park. Police dogs from Palo Alto and Los Altos police departments took part in the search. A police helicopter from the San Jose Police Department also assisted with the search Monday night.
Police said the investigation revealed that no items had been stolen from the home but that the two suspects who fled the house had filled bags with various items and stashed them near the front door. Police believe they had been frightened off when the resident returned home.
Because all three suspects are juveniles, police will not be releasing their names or photos. Police said both suspects arrested Tuesday were on juvenile probation for burglary. The boy who police arrested inside the home was charged with felony residential burglary. The one who tried to run away was arrested for felony residential burglary, felony possession of a firearm and resisting arrest. Police said they are from Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, respectively. Both were taken to the San Mateo County Juvenile Hall.
Palo Alto officers are investigating to see if the suspects are connected to any other burglaries or crimes in Palo Alto or surrounding communities. Anyone with information about this incident or these suspects is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.