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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.