PALO ALTO - An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary after he entered an occupied pool house behind a home Wednesday

night in Palo Alto, police said.

At about 10:30 p.m., police received a 911 call from a resident in the 400 block of Margarita Avenue reporting that a prowler had entered their backyard and went into their pool house, according to officers.

While officers were on their way to the scene, two homeowners approached the suspect, later identified as Palo Alto resident Kevin Raul Valencia, police said.

Based on the police investigation, a couple in their 20s was inside the pool house, which had been converted into a residential unit. The residents heard a door open and called out. The suspect responded with a muffled reply and closed the door again.

Police said one the residents called 911 from the main residence.

Two residents in the main house, a couple in their 50s, saw the suspect in their backyard and approached him, police said.

Valencia was cooperative and waited with the residents while police responded to the residence.

Officers said the suspect may have entered the yard through an unlocked gate and entered the pool house before realizing that it was occupied.

The residents later told police that Valencia appeared intoxicated. Officers arrived at the scene and detained Valencia without incident.

He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of residential burglary. Detectives are investigating whether or not Valencia is connected to additional burglaries or prowling incidents in the area.


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Anyone with information about this incident or about the suspect is urged to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.



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