Palo Alto police arrest man in alleged sexual assault


Update: Police reported that as of 7 p.m. on Sunday, officers arrested the man without incident.


Police arrested a Palo Alto man who fled after he allegedly battered and sexually assaulted his live-in girlfriend at her residence on Sunday, according to a police department press release.

At about 6:15 p.m. officers arrested Tyler Randall Wallace, 28, without incident when he attempted to return to the residence in the 2800 block of Alma Street. Officers were staked out at the home after suspending a neighborhood search for Wallace at about 6 a.m. after determining that he was not in the search area.

Wallace was booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail for felony criminal threats, felony false imprisonment, four forcible felony sex crimes and misdemeanor brandishing.

At about 3:20 a.m., police responded to a 911 call from a woman reporting domestic battery and sexual assault at her residence. Officers responded, but the man had fled out the back door prior to the officers' arrival.

According to police investigators, Wallace allegedly battered and sexually assaulted his live-in girlfriend, a woman in her 20s. Wallace also allegedly brandished a knife at her during the incident. The woman declined medical treatment at the scene.

Police set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and conducted a canine search for Wallace, who is described as a white adult male, about 6 feet 1 inches tall with a skinny build and brown hair.

Officers suspended the search at about 6 a.m. after determining that Wallace was not in the search area. Police located a knife but could not confirm it is the same knife allegedly used in the incident.

Police called individual homes in the affected area as the canine search progressed, but police did not issue an automated phone notification to homes due to the early-morning hour and the small search area, according to police.

Police are asking anyone with information pertaining to the case to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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Posted by Everyone
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Thank you to our police!

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