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Man attempts to steal shoes, falls into creek

Original post made on Mar 4, 2009

A man who allegedly attempted to steal a pair of shoes from Macy's Men's Store in the Stanford Shopping Center today reportedly punched a store security guard than ran to nearby San Francisquito Creek and jumped in or fell into the creek, swollen from recent rains. The man had to be rescued by police and firefighters, and then treated for hypothermia.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 4:06 PM

Comments (20)

Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm

$80.00 pair of shoes? Then you jump in a creek without knowing how deep it is.
That is why the jails are full of village idiots!

Posted by look
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 4, 2009 at 5:04 pm

well,thats a good promotion for those shoes! in this economy,they ought to hire the guy for store promotions!

Posted by Tsk tsk
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Wow, risking your life for a pair of shoes. At first I thought maybe it was someone hard up, but honestly, Payless has good men's shoes for way less than $80.00. (I saw a Tonight Show with Michael Caine who said he goes out of his way to shop at Payless when he is in this country because they have good extra wide shoes!) I mean, if you want to steal a pair of shoes...

People who do things like this have other issues. Les Miserables it ain't...

Posted by Creekshoes
a resident of Ventura
on Mar 4, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Shoulda grabbed some waders

Posted by NORM
a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2009 at 8:58 pm

waders and a duck call...

Posted by Walt
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Wonder what it cost for the fire dept and it's equipment to get this guy out of the creek? How much was the ride in the ambulance to the hospital? How much for the police to "keep a eye" on him while he is in the hospital? How much for the hospital stay?
How much for the hospital bill for the security person at the store. Who will pay for the shoes in the creek?
A lot of money for a pair of shoes and you and I get to pay for it.

Posted by Kay
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:30 am

"Officers watched him go bobbing by," Ryan said of police who had rushed to the banks of the creek.

That is hilarious, criminals are such dumb asses.

Posted by kc
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:48 am

Goodwill has decent shoes for the likes of this kid...too bad he was so impulsive. Bet he has ADD.

Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 5, 2009 at 11:26 am

My guess...probably a habitual shoplifter. A series of miscalculations, bad luck, etc., led him to being discovered and then pursued as he runs south towards the creek. He probably didn't intend to use the creek as his escape route, but hoped to lose the security guard(s) by going that way. The security guard on duty must have been a determined in-shape guy who pursued this 19 year old. I am reminded of that scene in the move "The Fugitive" where Harrison Ford jumps into the river, perhaps a re-enactment of that movie scene, Tommy lee Jones as the security guard, Harrison Ford playing Adam Fitsch.

Posted by JP
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2009 at 11:29 am

"That is hilarious, criminals are such dumb asses."

Not all criminals are dumb asses. There are plenty of criminals who have yet to be caught. Especially white-collar criminals.

"Bet he has ADD."

You cannot jump to such a conclusion without more data.

Posted by another perspective
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm

maybe he has other problems and is a kid in trouble that goes way beyond a pair of lousy shoes. just maybe he needs a little compassion, something is too odd about the story

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Could be some type of gang initiation or dare?

Posted by san mateo resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 6, 2009 at 1:35 am

none of you know him, or his situation... he is facing 3 felonies

Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 6, 2009 at 10:02 am

3 Felonies for shoplifting a pair of shoes. This is getting to be a bit Les Miserables then after all.

Maybe "swinging the handcuff like a weapon" is supposed to be a felony? Next week we'll hear that someone "dirty dancing" is charged with attempted rape. (moving his hips like a rapist).

My comments above were (I repeat) merely my speculation as to what I envisioned in my minds eye.

Posted by JP
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 6, 2009 at 10:05 am

Well, I'm glad they are throwing the book at him for fighting authorities. We are too easy on our criminals. There is less crime in other countries (yes, due to harsh treatment of criminals) but still, less crime.

Posted by Donkeytoe
a resident of another community
on Mar 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I despise stealing, but this situation just seems a little sad. Shoe prices are so inflated for most peoples budgets. Maybe this guy was just sick of squeezing his feet into a pair of plastic shoes from Payless.

Posted by TwoSides
a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Guess he should have grabbed the Nike Airs....

It's not that sad...he chose Stanford from which to steal shoes.

You can buy perfectly good shoes at Ross for twenty bucks. Thirty for leather. Brand names too. Payless now has some leather shoes as well. Is it about having a pair of shoes, or having designer shoes. Yes, you can even occaisonally find Choo's for eighty bucks....

Posted by don't do it again
a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm

It is known that you can go to jail for a $10 item just as well as an $100 item...the kid had good taste. What is it that they say about "wanting steak on a hot dog budget" ????? Hard way to learn the lesson the way he did this...

Posted by if you only.
a resident of another community
on Nov 24, 2009 at 12:54 am

there is a lot more to this story that the article doesn't mention. like a drug possession charge, the fact he was fighting 3 guards, the level of MDMA in his system, why he was at this mall in the 1st place. Bobbing and rescued? really? he was swimming, (he used to be a marine in force recon in the USMC) and the cops had him surrounded at the end of the creek where it hits elc. real and only 1 cop went to the river bank and hand cuffed him and walked behind him back up the bank. He is a friend of mine so plz if you don't no him shut it.

Posted by Thanks
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 24, 2009 at 9:15 am

To If You Only,

Thank you for the clarification. We just can't trust what we read these days. What did the law do with him?

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