A Southern California woman was arrested for making criminal threats and smashing a car windshield outside the Palo Alto home of Laurene Powell Jobs, police said. Jobs is the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
The incidents, which included allegedly ramming her vehicle into a private security guard's car, occurred over a two-day period in early May. Palo Alto police released information regarding the incident on Tuesday, June 14, after completing the investigation.
On May 9, an occupant initially called police to the Jobs home in the Old Palo Alto neighborhood at 8:42 p.m. to report that a woman, who police have identified as Paloma Duarte, 31, of Long Beach, had come onto the property and made threats against her. Duarte first approached the front door at about 7:30 a.m. and rang the doorbell several times. An occupant in her 50s did not know Duarte and did not answer the door, police spokesman Lt. Zach Perron said.
After receiving no answer, Duarte allegedly entered the backyard and screamed at the occupant through the window. She allegedly made threats of bodily harm that caused the occupant to fear for her safety, Perron said. After three minutes of this disturbance, Duarte left the scene. A witness took down the license plate number and vehicle description, Perron said. The vehicle was not located at that time.
A private security guard in the area, who had heard about the prior incident, noticed a black 2016 Chrysler Limited sedan circling the block several times the next day on May 10 at about 6 a.m. He observed the car stop in the middle of the street. A woman exited the car and made a throwing motion, which was followed by a loud bang. She re-entered her car and drove away. Police later recovered the thrown object, a brick, which was used to smash the windshield of a 2014 Audi sedan parked in the home's driveway, Perron said.
The guard followed Duarte in his car. At a stop sign, she allegedly put her car in reverse and struck the guard's white 2014 Honda Accord at about 10 mph. He had tried to put his car in reverse to avoid being struck, Perron said. The security guard called his private security company dispatchers and asked them to call police while he followed the woman to Mountain View. The guard flagged down a Mountain View police officer who was in the area. The officer notified Palo Alto police after finding that the police department was looking for Duarte's car.
Duarte was arrested by Palo Alto police officers and was booked into the main jail in San Jose for making felony threats (against the female victim), felony assault with a deadly weapon (for striking the security guard's car) and misdemeanor vandalism (for damaging the resident's car with a brick). She is currently out of custody, Perron said. No one was injured in the incidents, he added.