Palo Alto Weekly

News - August 31, 2012

News Digest

Police arrest suspect following manhunt Thursday

Palo Alto police captured a man after a nearly three-hour, yard-to-yard search in downtown Palo Alto on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 30. The man, who had fled from police after a traffic stop and then attempted a carjacking, emerged from a side yard wearing only his boxer shorts after apparently discarding his clothing, according to a witness.

Palo Alto police scoured the Downtown North neighborhood starting at about 12:30 p.m., according to the police department.

Officers set up a perimeter and searched yards for a 6-foot-tall, black man wearing blue pants and a white shirt. Witnesses said the man appeared to be about 35-to-40 years old, with a shaved head.

While being chased by officers, the suspect apparently tried to carjack a resident to aid in his escape, but that was unsuccessful, police reported. Unconfirmed eyewitness reports said the man tried to steal a construction vehicle.

At some point, he crashed one of the vehicles he was driving into several cars.

Police searched all of the backyards in the perimeter of Waverley Street, Hawthorne Avenue and Bryant Street.

The man was arrested at approximately 3:23 p.m. in the 200 block of Waverley between Hawthorne and Everett avenues.

At the Weekly's press time, it was unknown why police initially stopped the man. For additional coverage of this incident and to see photos of the arrest, go to PaloAltoOnline.com.

Sketch released in Valencia Market armed robbery

Palo Alto police have released a sketch of a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery Saturday, Aug. 25, at Valencia Market in Palo Alto.

The man, armed with a black, semiautomatic handgun, held up proprietors of the market at 3487 El Camino Real shortly before 8:40 p.m., fleeing the shop with cash from the register, Palo Alto police reported Sunday, Aug. 26.

There were no customers inside at the time, and no one was injured in the robbery, the police stated in a press release.

Officers responded to the 9-1-1 call but were unable to find the gunman. He may have gotten into a newer, shiny, black vehicle parked in the alley to the rear of the business.

The robber was described by the shop owners as a Hispanic male in his forties, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 220 pounds, wearing a light blue, button-up, long-sleeve shirt with dark blue jeans and a plain black baseball cap.

In June 2011, the market — then known as Eli's Market — was similarly robbed of cash at gunpoint.

Police are asking that anyone with information about this incident call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

Palo Alto makes bid for bike-bridge funds

Palo Alto's vision of a curvy, elegant bike bridge spanning U.S. Highway 101 at Adobe Creek remains up in the air, with coveted grant funding far from guaranteed.

Last Tuesday, Aug. 28, the Parks and Recreation Commission voted to submit a letter to Santa Clara County in support of the city's request for a $4 million grant that would help fund the bridge. The grant allocation, which was first proposed by Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss in May, would rely on a pool of funds that Stanford University had promised about a decade ago, when it was seeking a permit to increase campus development. The General Use Permit approved by the county specifies that these funds can only be used for recreational opportunities that mitigate the campus development.

The Board of Supervisors is set to hold a public hearing on Oct. 9 to consider which projects to fund.

The council is scheduled to discuss the city's grant application on Sept. 4.

— Gennady Sheyner

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