Girl spots suspected prowler in backyard of Palo Alto home


Palo Alto police are looking for a prowler they said was seen in the backyard of a home on the 1000 block of Moffett Circle late Wednesday night.

At about 11:20 p.m., the police department's 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a resident reporting that a man was seen in the backyard of the residence.

Investigators said a 14-year-old girl was in the kitchen of the home getting a glass of water when she saw an unknown male walking in the backyard. The girl notified her parents, who called police.

Officers responded and searched the area with a police K-9, but were unable to locate the man.

The suspect's motives are not known, police said, but officers believe the girl would have been visible to the suspect had he been looking into her bedroom window.

The girl described the suspect as a light-skinned male with dark hair, about 6 feet tall with a skinny build. He was wearing dark clothing. His age and race are unknown, police said, and no sketch of the suspect is available.

Police are actively investigating the case. No similar crimes have been reported, police said.

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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4 people like this
Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Gethin is a registered user.

I am glad to hear that the prowler was thwarted. Kudos to the sharp eyed and sharp witted young lady!

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