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Man chases alleged car burglars to dead-end street where they nearly run him over

Police arrest driver, seek information on teen's accomplice

Two teenage boys who were in a car taken from Park Boulevard in Palo Alto and allegedly rummaged through a vehicle on Second Street led a chase to Bryant Street, where they crashed the stolen car and fled the scene on June 10. Map obtained via Google Maps.

Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy and are searching for another teenager after they nearly ran over a man with a stolen car in Palo Alto on Wednesday.

A man in his 20s saw two teens rummaging through his car in the 4000 block of Second Street near the Ventura Community Center on the morning of June 10. As he approached them, the teens fled in an unreported stolen car that had been taken earlier that day blocks away in the 3900 block of Park Boulevard, police said in a press release.

The man followed the duo in his car about a mile away to the 2800 block of Bryant Street, where the road comes to a dead end. He exited his car and put his hands up in an attempt to stop the teens, who allegedly drove head on toward the man, causing him to dive out of the way to avoid getting hit. He had minor injuries and later declined medical attention, police said.

During their escape, the teens hit the man's car, disabling the stolen vehicle they were in and forcing it onto the curb. The teens left the vehicle and ran north on Bryant Street, where the man chased after them, police said. He caught up with the teenager who had been driving, forced the boy to the ground and took his photo with his cellphone. The teen broke free and continued fleeing north on Bryant Street. A report about the alleged assault involving the car was reported to 911 dispatchers shortly before 9:30 a.m.

Police set up perimeters in the area and located a teen who matched the description of the driver a short time later walking in the 100 block of Churchill Avenue, not far from Palo Alto High School. Officers detained him without incident and found stolen property in his backpack associated with the stolen car. Officers contacted the owner of the property and returned the stolen item.

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Police arrested and booked the teen, a 15-year-old San Jose resident, into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, auto burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, which are all felonies, and a misdemeanor of hit and run.

Detectives are investigating whether the boy is responsible for other similar crimes in the city. The other teen remains unidentified and at large. He is described as a Hispanic, around 16 years old, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing roughly 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and a medical face mask.

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 [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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Man chases alleged car burglars to dead-end street where they nearly run him over

Police arrest driver, seek information on teen's accomplice

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 2:16 pm

Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy and are searching for another teenager after they nearly ran over a man with a stolen car in Palo Alto on Wednesday.

A man in his 20s saw two teens rummaging through his car in the 4000 block of Second Street near the Ventura Community Center on the morning of June 10. As he approached them, the teens fled in an unreported stolen car that had been taken earlier that day blocks away in the 3900 block of Park Boulevard, police said in a press release.

The man followed the duo in his car about a mile away to the 2800 block of Bryant Street, where the road comes to a dead end. He exited his car and put his hands up in an attempt to stop the teens, who allegedly drove head on toward the man, causing him to dive out of the way to avoid getting hit. He had minor injuries and later declined medical attention, police said.

During their escape, the teens hit the man's car, disabling the stolen vehicle they were in and forcing it onto the curb. The teens left the vehicle and ran north on Bryant Street, where the man chased after them, police said. He caught up with the teenager who had been driving, forced the boy to the ground and took his photo with his cellphone. The teen broke free and continued fleeing north on Bryant Street. A report about the alleged assault involving the car was reported to 911 dispatchers shortly before 9:30 a.m.

Police set up perimeters in the area and located a teen who matched the description of the driver a short time later walking in the 100 block of Churchill Avenue, not far from Palo Alto High School. Officers detained him without incident and found stolen property in his backpack associated with the stolen car. Officers contacted the owner of the property and returned the stolen item.

Police arrested and booked the teen, a 15-year-old San Jose resident, into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, auto burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, which are all felonies, and a misdemeanor of hit and run.

Detectives are investigating whether the boy is responsible for other similar crimes in the city. The other teen remains unidentified and at large. He is described as a Hispanic, around 16 years old, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing roughly 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and a medical face mask.

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 [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

Comments

John
Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 11, 2020 at 2:37 pm
John, Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 11, 2020 at 2:37 pm
46 people like this

Major crimes PAPD has handled this week and city of origin for the criminals.
Assault with deadly weapon (car)- San Jose
Attempted Murder- East Palo Alto
Burglary- 3 from Stockton

Everybody make sure to attend the police protest at city hall the afternoon!! Getting rid of the cops will make us all safer!


real crime
Ventura
on Jun 11, 2020 at 3:32 pm
real crime, Ventura
on Jun 11, 2020 at 3:32 pm
6 people like this

If the police focused on crime that really happens like burglary and speeding instead of made up crimes like jogging while black or driving while black or parking while black, then we would have a lot less crime and violence in this city.


john
Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:02 pm
john, Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:02 pm
38 people like this

@real crime- Haven't seen any arrests for that. The lawyers would descend if that was actually happening. You're fantasizing in order to justify your bias.


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:09 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:09 pm
19 people like this

Two separate incidents of things we don't normally see in Palo Alto on Wednesday at different times in different areas!

What is happening to Palo Alto?


careful...
Midtown
on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:16 pm
careful..., Midtown
on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:16 pm
Like this comment

@john, you mean alleged city of origin for the alleged criminals


real crime
Ventura
on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:17 pm
real crime, Ventura
on Jun 11, 2020 at 4:17 pm
11 people like this

@john - PAPD won't arrest you for parking while black. They'll just beat the [email protected] out of you. Remember this case? Web Link And don't forget the case of Sergent Benitez, which cost the city over half a million dollars last year.


fairmeadow
Midtown
on Jun 11, 2020 at 5:21 pm
fairmeadow, Midtown
on Jun 11, 2020 at 5:21 pm
26 people like this

Yeah, defund the police... now you better do the job of capturing the criminals because nobody else will be there to help!


Fr0hickey
Old Palo Alto
on Jun 11, 2020 at 5:23 pm
Fr0hickey, Old Palo Alto
on Jun 11, 2020 at 5:23 pm
Like this comment

@real crime. You are correct in asking for perfection in PAPD officers. We pay them enough.


Fr0hickey
Old Palo Alto
on Jun 11, 2020 at 5:26 pm
Fr0hickey, Old Palo Alto
on Jun 11, 2020 at 5:26 pm
19 people like this

After DEFUND THE POLICE, will come ABOLISH THE POLICE. Then after that, EVERYONE IS THE POLICE, whether you want to be or not.
What do you think this will do to the number of people buying guns in California?


Small Business Owner
Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 11, 2020 at 5:57 pm
Small Business Owner, Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 11, 2020 at 5:57 pm
3 people like this

Well, if schools were in session and business open, this probably would not have occurred.


Martha
College Terrace
on Jun 11, 2020 at 10:37 pm
Martha , College Terrace
on Jun 11, 2020 at 10:37 pm
2 people like this

In my youth this was called uuv - unauthorised use of a vehicle. These are teen antics not serious crimes warranting years in prison.


Ronster
Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 11, 2020 at 11:26 pm
Ronster, Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 11, 2020 at 11:26 pm
4 people like this

As usual in revolts of elites (poor people don't lead such things, it's people from wealthy families and the highly educated no matter how it starts -- look at Marx and the people around him -- no workers allowed at the top) things tend to backfire on the poor. Once we defund the police, we can pay less taxes! Not to worry, because we'll hire private security with the savings (so don't despair police. They will be far less accountable as private burb-clave enforcers. Meanwhile, the poor areas will burn.


Resident
Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Jun 11, 2020 at 11:30 pm
Resident, Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Jun 11, 2020 at 11:30 pm
17 people like this

"These are teen antics not serious crimes warranting years in prison."

Really?! These "kids" need to go to CYA, ( California Youth Authority)
so they can get their participation trophy.


plantfruittrees
Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jun 12, 2020 at 10:46 am
plantfruittrees, Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jun 12, 2020 at 10:46 am
4 people like this

A deliberate hit and run is a misdemeanor?!


plantfruittrees
Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jun 12, 2020 at 10:56 am
plantfruittrees, Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jun 12, 2020 at 10:56 am
13 people like this

To the commenters above: Defund the Police is a poorly thought out and misleading slogan that is about increasing social services where needed and about de-militarizing the police. When you have to explain what you mean your slogan simply doesn't work and can be used against you, as is happening with this one. It does not in any way mean get rid of the police. The slogan should be, Retrain the Police, or, Demilitarize the Police, or I'm sure others could come up with something better that means what is intended.


ftp
East Palo Alto
on Jul 10, 2020 at 12:49 pm
ftp, East Palo Alto
on Jul 10, 2020 at 12:49 pm
Like this comment

lol I was the driver all this is bullshit the such victim attempted to attack me with a knife anyways I already plead I'm off emp


Nayeli
Midtown
on Jul 10, 2020 at 3:09 pm
Nayeli, Midtown
on Jul 10, 2020 at 3:09 pm
9 people like this

What a couple of vile criminals! They were in a stolen car and rummaging through someone else's belongings in someone else's vehicle? Then, they damaged BOTH vehicles while trying to flee the scene after they were confronted?

The sad part about this is that there are a few people who pretend that it is "no big deal."

Even if our wacky system of justice calls this a "misdemeanor," these disgusting criminals need to be caught and rehabilitated. I just wish that there was a way to publicly shame them. They need to feel completely embarrassed and ashamed for what they've done.


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