A man who had climbed onto the roof of a Mountain View resident's home late Saturday morning was quickly detained by police, despite his attempts to evade apprehension.
Around 11:30 a.m. on July 6, officers responded to reports of an attempted home burglary on the 100 block of Promethean Way. When officers arrived on scene, the homeowner informed them that the suspect had left through the backyard after jumping down off of his roof. The resident, who had confronted the suspect in the backyard, stated he became aware of the man's presence after he heard a loud noise coming from his roof.
Officers immediately began to search the area, and one of our patrol officers spotted a man matching the suspect's description at the dead end of Central Avenue. Our officer pulled over and with the assistance of other officers, was able to detain the man.
The resident subsequently confirmed that the individual in our custody was the same person who had been in his backyard and on his roof.
The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Jorge Hernandez of Palo Alto, was subsequently arrested for burglary of an occupied dwelling, physically resisting a police officer, possession of burglary tools, providing a false ID to a peace officer, and wearing a mask during the commission of a crime to conceal his identity.
"We are proud of the quick response and swift actions by our patrol team to apprehend this suspect," said Lt. Armando Espitia. "It was excellent work, and we are glad that all are safe and that this incident was resolved."