Auto burglary suspect arrested after dramatic showdown

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Palo Alto police officers used a Taser stun gun and canine dogs to subdue a male that tried to evade arrest Wednesday morning after an alleged auto burglary, a police sergeant said.

A resident at the Boardwalk Park Place Apartments, located at 3833 Park Boulevard, called 911 at about 3 a.m. to report an auto burglary in process, Sgt. Wayne Benitez said.

Officers responded and saw the individual, but he started running away, so police established perimeters to find him, Benitez said.

Within an hour, the suspect was found on a roof of a house, Benitez said. He started jumping from one roof to another and eventually fell through the roof of a carport.

Police K-9 dogs found the suspect after a yard-to-yard search, but he put up a fight and tried choking the dogs, Benitez said.

A K-9 dog bit the suspect and one officer used a Taser stun gun on him. After a five-minute showdown, four officers managed to subdue the suspect, Benitez said.

The officers sustained minor injuries.

The suspect, whom police have not yet identified, was transported to Stanford Medical Center, where he is recovering. He claims he does not recall the incident, Benitez said.

It is possible he was under the influence of either the drugs Phencyclidine, also known as PCP, or methamphetamine, he said.

Police recovered a stolen car across the street from the apartment complex containing several burglary tools and stolen license plates out of Alameda County. Benitez said numerous cars with smashed windows were found nearby on Park Boulevard and Ventura Avenue.

The suspect faces several felony charges, among them auto burglary, attempted auto theft, resisting arrest, assault on a police dog and officers, DUI and possession of burglary tools.

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