Burglary suspect arrested after standoff in Palo Alto home

Neighborhood cordoned off for hours on Monday afternoon as police close in on supsected burglar

Palo Alto police arrested a 26-year-old man who barricaded himself in a home on the 900 block of Elsinore Drive, following a police pursuit Monday afternoon, police said.

It began around 1:45 p.m. when the police department's 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting a suspicious person in the rear yard of a home on the 900 block Oregon Avenue. When officers arrived to the scene, the suspect, later identified as Julian Baldes Alvarado of San Jose, fled off. Alvarado began jumping over fences to escape while police set up a perimeter in the area. At one point Alvarado climbed up on the roofs of homes to avoid capture.

At around 2:35 p.m. Alvarado entered an open sliding glass door of an occupied home on the 900 block of Elsinore Drive. Inside the house, Alvarado encountered a woman in her 40s, who was working at the residence as a caretaker for a woman in her 90s, who was asleep in a bedroom.

The caretaker was able to escape and met with officers who had surrounded the house. Officers yelled into the house in an effort to get Alvarado to surrender, police said. The commotion caused the elderly woman to wake up and she was able to get out of the house. The woman never saw the suspect, police said.

The police department's SWAT team and crisis response team were then called to negotiate with Alvarado, but after multiple attempts at calling him out failed, SWAT officers and a police K-9 entered the home. The K-9 found Alvarado hiding on top of a water heater inside a closet in the garage, police said. When Alvarado refused commands by officers to come down, the police K-9 bit him on the leg and helped officers arrest him at around 5:20 p.m.

Alvarado was found in possession of a bicycle and a backpack containing miscellaneous personal property that had been stolen earlier in the day from outside an apartment complex on the 400 block of West Charleston Road, police said. Police also recovered stolen property from homes on the 900 block of Oregon Avenue.

After being cleared from a local hospital for minor injuries to his leg from the dog bite, Alvarado was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one count of misdemeanor aggravated trespass, one count of misdemeanor resisting arrest, one count of misdemeanor prowling, and one count of misdemeanor possession of stolen property and petty theft.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to call the police department's 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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2 people like this
Posted by christina d rosas-strul
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 23, 2015 at 5:33 pm

crescent park and downtown please--all of PA would be great

6 people like this
Posted by James Dodd
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 23, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Good Job

1 person likes this
Posted by Info
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm

They used Palo Alto's SWAT Team.

Santa Clara County helped out with some equipment.

12 people like this
Posted by sends a message
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Good work, PAUSD officers! Hopefully this strong response discourages others considering breaking into homes in PA.

10 people like this
Posted by cvvhrn
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 23, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Nice work PAPD keeping everybody safe and resolving the incident!!!!

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Posted by My Nguyen
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Mar 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm

My Nguyen is a registered user.

@Info, yes the SWAT team is not from the county. The bomb squad was. Thanks for pointing that out.

20 people like this
Posted by Thank You PAPD!
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 23, 2015 at 10:19 pm

Thank you to our awesome Palo Alto Police Department for resolving this situation "cleanly!"

While it doesn't appear to be an issue in this case (though it could have been and simply was not significant enough to report), remember that a neighbor's barking dog may be due to a would-be intruder. Sometimes dogs bark at the squirrels, but don't discount the possibility that they may be barking at an unfamiliar scent/presence. Love your neighbor's dogs, they just might be helping to keep your home safe.

17 people like this
Posted by Overkill?
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

Am I the only one who thinks that SWAT is a little overboard for a burglar? Isn't the risk of someone getting killed hurt etc etc more than the need to catch someone stealing material objects?

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