Menlo Park man gets prison in burglary case


A Menlo Park man who pleaded no contest to burglary charges on Sept. 7 was sentenced to two years in state prison in connection with a March 2010 burglary of a park police officer's home in unincorporated San Mateo County, prosecutors said.

Rodolfo Maldanado, 20, also admitted to Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak that he had committed "a serious and violent felony," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe in a report.

Mr. Maldanado remains in jail on $50,000 bail and will receive 203 days credit for his time already spent there, prosecutors said.

The burglary occurred on the night of March 15, when a parks police officer employed by the city of Dublin was awakened in his home in south Redwood City by his dogs barking, prosecutors said. The officer got out of bed and went to the kitchen where he discovered Mr. Maldanado. The officer, who was holding a gun, ordered Mr. Maldanado not to move, prosecutors said.

Mr. Maldanado ran. The officer pursued and tackled him in the back yard and held him until deputies from the Sheriff's Office arrived and took Mr. Maldanado into custody, Mr. Wagstaffe said.

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