Palo Alto police arrested a wanted felon following a manhunt that prompted the lockdown of several south Palo Alto schools on Wednesday, according to a police department press release.
At about 9:35 a.m., police received a call from a house cleaner on the 300 block of Creekside Drive reporting a suspicious man loitering in the area. Officers who arrived on scene located the man and recognized him as Timothy Angelo Molinari, 32, of Mountain View, a wanted fugitive, police said.
A police officer tried to detain Molinari, but Molinari fled east on the 300 block of Parkside Drive. The officer chased after Molinari, but lost sight of him as he ran through the Cubberley Community Center campus.
Police then started receiving calls from residents of the Greenmeadow and Fairmeadow neighborhoods about a man running through backyards and climbing over fences, police said.
Around 11:30 a.m., police received a tip that Molinari might be inside a residence on the 3900 block of El Camino Real. Molinari was located inside the residence and was taken into custody without incident, police said.
During the manhunt, six schools in the area were placed on "precautionary lockdowns," including Hoover Elementary School, Fairmeadow Elementary School, Keys School, Greendell School, AchieveKids school and JLS Middle School.
Molinari was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one felony count of failing to properly register as a sex offender and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. He was also booked for two outstanding felony warrants (possession of stolen property from the Mountain View Police Department and violation of parole), as well as two outstanding misdemeanor warrants (possession of drug paraphernalia from the Palo Alto Police Department and petty theft from the Mountain View Police Department).
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to email@example.com or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.