Menlo Park man faces prison term for burglary of occupied home


A 24-year-old Menlo Park man, nabbed by police inside a 74-year-old woman's Menlo Park home in February with $5,000 worth of her jewelry, pleaded no contest Wednesday, June 15, to two counts of residential burglary.

Under a plea deal, Porfirio Cruz Jimenez-Pimental could face a maximum of five years and four months in state prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney. The sentence is scheduled to be imposed Aug. 12.

On Feb. 26, a 74-year-old woman was in her home on Valparaiso Avenue when she saw a man walk by the side of the house, the DA said. When she heard scratching noises, she locked herself in a room and called 911.

Police arrived within a minute and found a hole in the wood panel next to the sliding glass door. They apprehended Mr. Jimenez-Pimental in the master bedroom with $5,000 worth of her jewelry, a small amount of methamphetamine, a drug pipe and burglar tools, the DA said.

He resisted arrest and a dog from the Sheriff's Office was used to bring him under control, prosecutors said.

Mr. Jimenez-Pimental, who has a 2013 conviction for felony drunken driving, is in custody on $100,000 bail, the DA said.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jun 17, 2016 at 12:17 pm

It looks as if he was not carrying a gun. Our most recent burglary in PV, they held the occupants at gunpoint. We need to begin passing better laws regarding gun control .
also: it saddens me to know, this man in MP obviously is a drug addict, needs help..hope he gets it in jail. Up to five years? first offense? the first offense sexual assault at Stanford(with intent to rape - as they don't consider what he did as "rape") got what? six months? Can we please get a better handle on fairness in our courts?

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Posted by Close to home
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 18, 2016 at 1:22 am

Burglary is a very serious crime, but of course we have to consider how negatively a young man will be affected by prison and the lifetime label of felon.

If rapists are getting six months these days, I'd say three or four months for a home invader?

Congrats to the lady for thinking fast and staying safe in what must have been a terrifying situation.

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Posted by concerned resident
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jun 20, 2016 at 10:44 am

Whether a burglar has a gun, knife or nothing except a bag to haul off their stolen goods, they are terrorizing a homeowner even if the homeowners are not home. A home is a sanctuary for most people and we need to protect our homes in order to have peace of mind. Criminals should pay the price of their crimes as the law dictates and there should be a lesson dealt to those who break the law. As long as there is leniency and criminals know they can get away with their crimes, there will be no decrease in crime and no peace for the victims. Protect innocent law abiding citizens and punish the criminals appropriately so they stop committing crimes.

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