Woodside: Homeowner chases prowler off his property


A man who entered an occupied house early Tuesday morning (Jan. 19) in Woodside evaded capture by San Mateo County sheriff's deputies after the homeowner chased the man off his property.

At around 4:15 a.m., a homeowner heard noises from outside his house in the 600 block of Mountain Home Road, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The homeowner got out of bed to investigate and saw an unknown man enter the house through an unlocked door, deputies said. The door had been unlocked for a reason, but that reason is "not being released," deputies said.

The man confronted the homeowner, shining a bright light in his face, then turned around and left the home, deputies said. Neither man said anything. "There was no conversation since they were both startled," deputies said.

The homeowner, a man in his 50s, chased the man for several hundred yards until he saw him disappear into a wooded area, deputies said. There were no damages to the property.

In the house at the time was the homeowner's wife, also in her 50s. The household does not have a dog, deputies said.

Deputies arrived 13 minutes after the 911 call and searched the area but could not find the man. The only description information available has the man wearing a dark colored hooded jacket and carrying a flashlight, deputies said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact sheriff's detectives at (650) 363-4055 or (650) 363-4064. Callers who choose to remain anonymous can call (800) 547-2700.

— Bay City News Service

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7 people like this
Posted by Pets In Need
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 20, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Never would have happened if they shared their home with a dog.

9 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Jan 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm

"The household does not have a dog, deputies said."
I can think of a few reasons for a door being left unlocked, so my advice is: get a dog. I'm glad no one was hurt, but the increasing number of homes being entered while people are present is worrying.

4 people like this
Posted by Srini
a resident of another community
on Jan 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Never would have gotten away if the homeowner was armed. Whatever the reason for leaving the door unlocked, if you are going to do that, you need to be prepared for anything. Maybe the person who came in was not armed, but that does not mean the next one won't be.

13 people like this
Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

Maybe you should just lock your door.

If that person was armed, then the son coming home after a long night out at 4:00 get's mistakenly shot or your mother in law who can't sleep and is routing around in the kitchen scares you and Bang! Or maybe it is someone coming in to steal your $500 TV and an iPhone- you're going to kill someone for that?

9 people like this
Posted by AllYouCanEat
a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2016 at 9:29 am

Can you imagine the excitement of the perpetrator finding an unlocked door.

Hey Einstein, its 4:00 in the morning... LOCK YOUR DOORS!

9 people like this
Posted by AllYouCanEat
a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2016 at 9:36 am

Hey Bob. Youre worring me. What possible reason would you have to subject your family with possible harm by leaving an unlocked door at 4 o'clock in the morning. [Part removed.]

4 people like this
Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 21, 2016 at 10:22 am

Funny how you get discounts on Home Insurance for good quality locks, but your premium goes up if you own a gun or a dog.

Maybe they know something we don't?

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