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Errant dog sparks alleged death threat, arrest

Palo Alto woman, 68, arrested for assault with a hammer

Police were forced to intervene Saturday (July 23) when a 68-year-old Palo Alto woman allegedly threatened to kill her neighbor with a hammer, Palo Alto police said Tuesday.

The dispute began when the neighbor's small dog wandered into Barbara Bossier's yard in the 3900 block of El Camino Real, near Los Robles Avenue, at about 11:30 a.m., Sgt. Sal Madrigal said. Bossier allegedly became enraged over the intrusive canine, grabbed a hammer and said she would kill the neighbor, a woman in her 30s, Madrigal said.

"She got a hold of a hammer and threatened to hit the victim in the head with the hammer," he said.

The neighbor got scared and quickly returned to her home to call police, Madrigal said. Police arrived and arrested Bossier for assault with a deadly weapon. She was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.

— Tyler Hanley

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

There must be a lot more to this story!

Where is it?


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Posted by dog luvr
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

Maybe the dog has been allowed loose, hassled Ms. Bossier's cat, bird, bunny, chicken, whatever, defecated in her yard, before. Still, threatening to kill the owner with a hammer is over-reacting. A complaint to Animal Services would have been a better course of action.

Not blaming the victim, and dogs do get loose, but on El Camino, any loose dog would have a short life span.

Yes, there must be more to this story.


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Posted by doggie
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 26, 2011 at 10:55 am

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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 26, 2011 at 11:31 am

Perhaps there's more to the story, or the woman is just very ill.


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Posted by bad
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 26, 2011 at 11:36 am

Too bad, our tax payers just have to pick up on her medical bills.How unfair this lady treats us.


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Posted by edjee09
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

edjee09 is a registered user.

Sounds like the attacker is likely mentally ill.


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