A peculiar incident unfolded outside the house of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs last month when a woman made threats and tossed a brick at the windshield of an Audi parked in the driveway.
According to Palo Alto police, officers received a call on May 9 at 8:42 p.m. that a woman, now identified as 31-years-old Paloma Duarte from Long Beach, showed up in front of the house and rang the doorbell a few times around 7:30 p.m. The occupant, a woman in her 50s, did not answer the door. Palo Alto police, who completed their investigation this week, wouldn’t comment on who the woman was.
Property records show Jobs’ wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, is still a resident at the home, whose value is estimated to be more than $10 million on Redfin.
Duarte entered the property and went to the back yard, where she saw the woman through the window and started screaming at her, Palo Alto Police Department spokesperson Zach Perron said. “The screaming went on for a few minutes and at one point the suspect threatened the woman with bodily harm and then turned around and left,” Perron said. A witness saw Duarte drove off in a black 2016 Chrysler 200 Limited and was able to take down the license plate number.
The woman inside the house told police she had no idea who the suspect was.
The next day, a private security guard patrolling the neighborhood saw a black car matching the description of the suspect’s car circling the block. The guard saw the woman stop her car in the middle of the street, get out and throw something before driving off in her car.
olice later found a brick sitting on top of an Audi parked outside Jobs’s house.
The security guard drove after her and confirmed that the car had the same license plate as that from the night before, Perron said. The woman stopped at a stop sign for a really long time and then reversed her car into the security guard’s car at 10 miles per hour, he said.
The security guard flagged down a Mountain View police officer who pulled over both their vehicles and notified Palo Alto police.
Duarte was arrested for felony criminal threats, misdemeanor vandalism and felony assault with a deadly weapon and later released on bail.
The District Attorney’s office lowered the felony assault to a misdemeanor battery charge.
Perron said he couldn’t comment about a motive or the nature of the threats.