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Police chase, arrest man after alleged assault, threats

Mountain View resident reportedly attacked a Whole Foods Market employee

A parolee who allegedly threatened a grocery store employee and challenged police officers to a fight led authorities on a foot chase before his arrest near Palo Alto High School on Wednesday, police said.

A man who allegedly assaulted a Whole Food Market employee and led police on a chase that ended near Palo Alto High School was arrested on Aug. 3, 2022. Embarcadero Media file photo.

At 12:48 p.m., police responded to a reported in-progress disturbance at the Whole Foods Market at 774 Emerson St., according to a police press release. The man allegedly threatened a market employee in his 30s with bodily harm. He threw a punch at the employee but missed. It's not known why he targeted the employee, who didn't know him, police said.

Police located the man walking at High Street and Channing Avenue eight minutes later. He immediately adopted a fighting stance and called on the officers to challenge him when police stopped him for questioning. He fled as police attempted to verbally de-escalate the situation and other officers arrived.

Police chased the man for several blocks as he ran south on Alma Street and west on Embarcadero Road. He hopped fences into and out of the Palo Alto Unified School District's vehicle facility on Churchill Avenue. Police finally surrounded him on the bike path behind Palo Alto High School and took him into custody without incident. Neither police nor the suspect were injured during the foot chase or the arrest, according to the press release.

The man, a 32-year-old Mountain View resident, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of felony criminal threats and two misdemeanors: assault and resisting arrest. He is on parole for a prior conviction of assault with a deadly weapon. Police also booked him for a parole violation, which is a felony, after contacting the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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Anyone with information about Wednesday's incident is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

Editor's note: Palo Alto Online's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the district attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. Read our guidelines.

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Police chase, arrest man after alleged assault, threats

Mountain View resident reportedly attacked a Whole Foods Market employee

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Aug 4, 2022, 9:47 am

A parolee who allegedly threatened a grocery store employee and challenged police officers to a fight led authorities on a foot chase before his arrest near Palo Alto High School on Wednesday, police said.

At 12:48 p.m., police responded to a reported in-progress disturbance at the Whole Foods Market at 774 Emerson St., according to a police press release. The man allegedly threatened a market employee in his 30s with bodily harm. He threw a punch at the employee but missed. It's not known why he targeted the employee, who didn't know him, police said.

Police located the man walking at High Street and Channing Avenue eight minutes later. He immediately adopted a fighting stance and called on the officers to challenge him when police stopped him for questioning. He fled as police attempted to verbally de-escalate the situation and other officers arrived.

Police chased the man for several blocks as he ran south on Alma Street and west on Embarcadero Road. He hopped fences into and out of the Palo Alto Unified School District's vehicle facility on Churchill Avenue. Police finally surrounded him on the bike path behind Palo Alto High School and took him into custody without incident. Neither police nor the suspect were injured during the foot chase or the arrest, according to the press release.

The man, a 32-year-old Mountain View resident, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of felony criminal threats and two misdemeanors: assault and resisting arrest. He is on parole for a prior conviction of assault with a deadly weapon. Police also booked him for a parole violation, which is a felony, after contacting the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Anyone with information about Wednesday's incident is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

Editor's note: Palo Alto Online's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the district attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. Read our guidelines.

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P2L1
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Aug 4, 2022 at 10:39 am
P2L1, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Aug 4, 2022 at 10:39 am

Seems like this fellow is more in need of mental health care than jail time... pb


kimmy
Registered user
University South
on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:24 pm
kimmy, University South
Registered user
on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:24 pm

I run that trail with my kids daily. smh smh. I feel so unsafe in Palo alto these days. Lock your doors and be aware of your surroundings. Be safe everyone.


Hulkamania
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 4, 2022 at 2:32 pm
Hulkamania, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Aug 4, 2022 at 2:32 pm

He needs to tune up his drug intake.


john_alderman
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Aug 4, 2022 at 5:00 pm
john_alderman, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Aug 4, 2022 at 5:00 pm

@P2L1 - Mental Hospital > Jail > Street

Since mental health care is probably not happening, jail might have to do.


Tom Meadows
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2022 at 5:20 pm
Tom Meadows, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Aug 4, 2022 at 5:20 pm

The SC County Jail has sections reserved for arrestees with mental illness issues or criminally violent behavior.

The violent offenders are assigned maroon jail garb and the mental cases are assigned green ones.

The general population wears the traditional black and white striped garb that the SC Department of Corrections chose to give inmates a more 'vintage' look.

Stop by the Palo Alto courthouse (which only prosecutes criminal cases) to see for yourself.


John
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 4, 2022 at 6:01 pm
John, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Aug 4, 2022 at 6:01 pm

Thankful that the parolee was uninjured during his assault, resistance and flight from police. I can only imagine the settlement he’d have received from the city.


Joey
Registered user
Barron Park
on Aug 5, 2022 at 10:33 pm
Joey, Barron Park
Registered user
on Aug 5, 2022 at 10:33 pm

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