Palo Alto man arrested for stalking family

John C. Singleton, 47, allegedly harrassed San Rafael family for two years

A Palo Alto resident was arrested Monday (April 4) and booked at the Marin County Jail on suspicion of stalking and harassing a San Rafael man and his family, according to a San Rafael Police Department release.

John C. Singleton, 47, was apprehended while entering the Palo Alto Apple retail store at 451 University Ave., where he would reportedly use the Internet to harass the family.

Singleton met the victim in 2009 but after a falling out he began to stalk the victim and his family by telephone and via the Internet. Cpl. Scott Eberle of the San Rafael Police Department stated in the release that Singleton is believed to have been operating from the Apple stores because of their free access to the Internet.

"The victim and his family had lived in fear for their lives over the past couple years, investing in a new security system and extra flood lights," Eberle stated in the release.

Eberle said Singleton and the victim met at a San Francisco gym and had the real estate business in common.

"We have not been able to find proof that (Singleton) has any form of real estate license or employment history," Eberle said.

A restraining order is being sought for Singleton and he is being held on a $100,000 bail. Eberle said Singleton is being arraigned Wednesday (April 6) and has retained counsel.

— Kareem Yasin


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Dangerous, scary, scumbag loser.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

> John C. Singleton, 47, was apprehended while entering the Palo Alto
> Apple retail store at 451 University Ave., where he would reportedly
> use the Internet to harass the family.

Not that it matters, but I believe he was arrested outside of the Apple store at Stanford Mall after he was identified by store staff.

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Posted by Curious Lady
a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I'm curious as to what Mr. Singleton was doing outside (or inside, doesn't really make a difference) the Apple store that got him arrested - especially since we discover in the final paragraph that there isn't even a restraining order in place.

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