Resident confronts uninvited guest armed with scissors

PALO ALTO – A 26-year-old Half Moon Bay man has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into a home in Palo Alto and swinging a large hedge trimmer at a resident who confronted him, police said.

The shocking meeting was reported around 11:45 p.m. Sunday on the 1100 block of Oregon Avenue, the Palo Alto Police Department said in a news release Tuesday.

An investigation revealed that a resident, a woman in her 30s, had received a notification from a security camera about movement recorded at the front door, police said. She then heard the sound of shattering glass and screamed.

The woman’s husband, a man in his 30s, went to investigate the case while she called police and stayed with their two children.

The man found a man he did not know standing outside the broken glass door with a large hedge trimmer, police said.

The suspect continued to smash the glass and eventually entered the home, police said.

The man shouted at the suspect to get out of his house. The suspect, in turn, swung the scissors three to four times at the man, but did not hit him, police said.

The man grabbed the scissors from the man and hit him in the shoulder with them, police said. The suspect then left the home. Around 11.50pm, an officer found the suspect walking on a nearby exit from Highway 101 and arrested him.

Ambulances treated the man and the suspect on the spot for minor injuries caused by shards of glass.

The suspect was arrested in the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose on charges of burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and being under the influence.

Anyone with information related to the case can contact police at 650-329-2413. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call or text 650-383-8984 or email


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