South City family intercepts intruder

A fast-reacting family stopped a burglar from escaping a home early Monday morning and from potentially striking again, police said.

South City police are investigating why 30-year-old Jose Mauricio Galdamez-Gonzales, a resident from just blocks away, allegedly entered the family’s home and whether he may be connected to a handful of other burglaries since March in the Paradise Valley neighborhood.

At 2:30 a.m. Monday, Galdamez-Gonzales allegedly broke into a single-family residence on the 100 block of Claremont Avenue, reportedly climbing through an unlocked kitchen window.

He then walked through the house until he came to a bedroom where the mother and her 6-year-old son slept, police said.

When he entered the room, the mother woke up and screamed for help. Galdamez-Gonzales then allegedly tried to escape the house while the mother followed him, but stopped and threw several punches at her, none of which connected.

Alerted by the screams, the husband, sleeping in another bedroom, stepped in and ultimately held down the 6-foot, 180-pound Galdamez-Gonzales until police arrived.

Galdamez-Gonzales was arrested and booked into San Mateo County Jail for first-degree burglary pending additional charges, according to police.

Police asked that a booking photo not be printed in order to not potentially taint future police lineups that could connect him to other crimes. The family could not be reached for comment.

Detectives are trying to determine why Galdamez-Gonzales chose that house — whether he was looking for something specific or he had some connections to an item or the family, South San Francisco police Sgt. Joni Lee said.

Police are also investigating Galdamez-Gonzales’ potential involvement with five other burglaries in the neighborhood since March, one of which occurred on Drake Way, the next block down from Claremont, Sgt. Bob Eastman said.

Police don’t know if Galdamez-Gonzales has stolen anything, Eastman said.

Bill Sheper, 65, has lived on the block since 1965 and first bought a house alarm in 1983 but did so simply because he felt “insecure,” he said. His house was broken into in 1987.

“I never thought that people were targeting my house,” Sheper, who is retired, said. “But that’s what burglars do: They wait until you buy a new TV and a new VCR,” he added.

dsmith@examiner.com

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