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Police: Knife-wielding burglar nabbed in Crescent Park

East Palo Alto woman allegedly used hide-a-key to enter home, threaten homeowner

A wig-wearing woman who police said used a hide-a-key to enter a Crescent Park home and then threatened the homeowner with a ceremonial dagger was arrested as she attempted to flee the scene Tuesday morning.

The woman, whom police identified as 55-year-old Jennifer Louise Gause of East Palo Alto, reportedly walked into the home's bedroom and woke up the homeowner, a woman in her 80s. Upon seeing the stranger in her bedroom, the homeowner ran downstairs and hid.

Minutes later, the homeowner heard the intruder exit the house through the back door and proceeded to lock the door, locking the stranger out. Yet Gause, who was wearing a black wig, remained outside the house and threatened the homeowner with a knife, a ceremonial dagger that was taken from the victim's home on the 900 block of Hamilton Avenue.

Police said Gause demanded through the door's inset window that the victim hand over her car keys. Gause also displayed the homeowner's house key and threatened to harm the woman if she didn't comply.

Gause then entered the house once again, but by that time the homeowner had a chance to move to another part of the home and called police. As she heard Gause get into the home through the back door, she ran outside and met police officers who had just arrived at the scene. Gause then reportedly tried to flee the residence but was quickly arrested without incident. The victim was not injured in the incident.

Police said the knife that the intruder used in the attempted burglary was a 14-inch ceremonial dagger, one of several items that was reportedly taken from the home and found in Gause's possession. Police later determined that the homeowner and Gause share a mutual acquaintance who may have told Gause about the location of the spare house key that she used to enter the residence.

Gause was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one felony count of burglary, one felony county of robbery and one misdemeanor count of brandishing a weapon.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

Comments

3 people like this
Posted by Charles Warner
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm

The headline "Knife-wielding burglar nabbed in Crescent Park" seems to convict the woman who was arrested. I think you should qualify it in some way, like attributing it to police. Palo Alto police are very good but we shouldn't presume the people they arrest are guilty until they've had their day in court.


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Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Most likely there's a Meth-Head to her madness.


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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 10, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Hulkamania is a registered user.

Charles Warner sez, "The headline "Knife-wielding burglar nabbed in Crescent Park" seems to convict the woman who was arrested. I think you should qualify it in some way, like attributing it to police. "

Really? Did you miss the part that read, "...threatened the homeowner with a knife, a ceremonial dagger that was taken from the victim's home on the 900 block of Hamilton Avenue." That was before the police were called.


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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 11, 2015 at 11:50 am

Gethin is a registered user.

The headline is entirely correct.
I am glad to hear that the victim is okay and that the PAPD did a very good job in taking care of this.


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