Nov 25, 2021
Smash-and-Grab Mob Thwarted In Downtown Palo Alto; 2 Suspects Arrested
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PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Police in Palo Alto on Wednesday confirmed a recent attempted robbery at a shop over the weekend by a large group of suspects that was thwarted by officers, leading to the arrest of two individuals.
According to a press release issued by the Palo Alto Police Department, on Sunday night at around 11:18 p.m., a large group of approximately 30-40 suspects arrived in about 20 cars attempted to break into clothing boutique the RealReal at 379 University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto when it was closed. READ MORE: Charities, Community Groups Serve Up Warm Thanksgiving Meals For The Needy
A prompt call from a private security guard reporting the incident brought a quick response from multiple police units who were able to stop the burglary. The security guard said the suspects attempted to break down the shop’s front door with unknown objects. The glass front door of the business was smashed held firm. The security guard could only describe the burglary suspects he saw as Black males and females wearing face coverings. After police arrived, the vehicles fled the scene.
An officer stopped one of the vehicles — a green 2017 Ford Escape sport utility vehicle with its headlights off and no license plates — on Willow Road at Chester Street in Menlo Park. The two occupants were detained without incident.
Inside the vehicle, police located at least $15,000 worth of stolen property from a second burglarized location of the RealReal in Larkspur. The property was still on clothes hangers and had price tags and security sensors still attached. Officers also located a hammer.
Further investigation revealed that the stolen property in the car had been taken in a similar burglary at The RealReal store in Larkspur earlier in the night.
The investigation revealed that the two suspects had come to Palo Alto with the larger group. The group intended to commit a burglary and steal merchandise from the store. The two suspects were with the group as they unsuccessfully attempted to break down the glass door and fled police responded. Police said no video surveillance of the attempted burglary was available for release.READ MORE: Wandering Oregon Gray Wolf Dies After Epic Trek Into California
Police are working in close collaboration with detectives from the Central Marin Police Authority on the two cases.
The burglary at the Larkspur RealReal location remains under investigation. Police are also continuing the Palo Alto investigation to identify the other suspects and to determine what additional connections might exist between these suspects and those involved with other recent similar crimes in the Bay Area.
Palo Alto burglary suspects Keyonni Marie Jones (left) and Imani Kevyonna Barnes (Palo Alto Police)
The two suspect, identified as 20-year-old Richmond resident Keyonni Marie Jones and 21-year-old Vallejo resident Imani Kevyonna Barnes were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for attempted commercial burglary and conspiracy, both felonies.
The attempted robbery in Palo Alto was just one of several recent incidents around the Bay Area recently, with others occurring in downtown San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Hayward and San Jose.
With the rash of recent similar crimes throughout the Bay Area, officers have stepped up patrols in retail areas of Palo Alto. Anyone who witnesses suspicious behavior in and around retail establishments in Palo Alto is encouraged to call the Palo Alto Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413, or 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.MORE NEWS: Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Continues To Serve Families In Need Amid Challenges
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the PAPD 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.
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Whittier family mourning 18-year-old son struck, killed by alleged drunk driver
WHITTIER, Calif. (KABC) -- A heartbroken Whittier family is mourning the tragic death of their 18-year-old son, who went to pick up his girlfriend for Black Friday shopping and was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver.
The car crash happened around 5:32 a.m. last Friday near Colima and Lambert roads, according to the California Highway Patrol. Garrett Hayward, 18, had left his Whittier home to pick up his girlfriend to go shopping.
CHP said Hayward had the green light and entered the intersection when he was struck by Darrell Jewett, 34. The crash caused Hayward's vehicle to become engulfed in flames.
CHP said Jewett ran from the scene, but was later arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run causing serious injury or death.
Joanne and Damon Hayward are now dealing with the unimaginable loss of their son.
"I can't believe he went in such a horrible way ... the car exploded and it burned," said an emotional Joanne.
"We knew he was gonna go out shopping, Christmas shopping, but didn't realize he was gonna leave at 5:30 in the morning," Damon said.
"The last image I saw of him was like a shadow and then he left and then just minutes later, right by the house, he perished," Joanne said as she gripped a religious visor clip that was in his car.
"This is the only thing that came out and it's not even burnt. There's no remnants of burn marks or anything. It's like in perfect condition, unlike what my son was left in," Joanne said while trying to hold back tears.
While there's a ton of grief, there's also anger for the other driver who was arrested that morning.
"He was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He's been arrested several times in other counties," Joanne said.
"There's no reason why someone who cannot contribute to society and has a rap sheet that long has the freedom to be free and cause more havoc and grief for other people," Damon said.
In the meantime, the family tries to hold onto their memories of Garrett, who was a first-year student at Cal State Channel Islands.
"He was in marching band for two years in high school, he was in jazz for four. He loved music," Joanne said.
His impact is obvious by all the love shown on a GoFundMe account made for his family.
"It just shows us how much he was loved and we really, really appreciate it," Joanne said.