Man who helped catch slaying suspect arrested at victim's Menlo Park home | February 20, 2019 | Almanac | Almanac Online |


News - February 20, 2019

Man who helped catch slaying suspect arrested at victim's Menlo Park home

Daniel Baggett, 47, the former tenant of Menlo Park homicide victim and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson, was arrested Jan. 27 after entering her house on the 900 block of Valparaiso Avenue and taking a potted plant, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

He has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of trespassing in a residence without authorization, Wagstaffe said.

Baggett initially found the homicide suspect, 36-year-old Ohio resident Francis Wolke, after deciding to pay Anderson a visit the night of Dec. 12, he said. He found Wolke in her house covered in blood and held him at knifepoint until police arrived. Wolke faces first-degree murder charges.

On Dec. 13, Wagstaffe said, Baggett entered Anderson's home, a closed-off crime scene, through the second-story window. He told police then that he was in mourning, Wagstaffe said. At the time, police did not pursue prosecution of Baggett for the incident.

On Jan. 27, Baggett again entered the house through the second story.

The house is on the market and the real estate agent had installed a video camera, which recorded the incident, Wagstaffe said. Baggett told police, Wagstaffe added, that he believed some of his personal property was still in the house, but when he saw it had been emptied, he took a potted plant.

Baggett pleaded not guilty to both charges on Jan. 30.

Meanwhile, Wolke's next court date has been rescheduled for March 15. On Feb. 14, Wolke's attorney indicated she wanted to review the autopsy report for Anderson before entering a plea, but the Coroner's Office hadn't completed it yet, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Access the full story online at

— By Kate Bradshaw


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay up to date on local coronavirus coverage with our daily news digest email.



The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 10, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

View Details