Two Suspects Arrested for Attempted Residential Burglary

The suspects, two teens from Oakland, were arrested in part due to the quick thinking of the victim.

A San Mateo police patrol car.
A San Mateo police patrol car.
Two Oakland men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted residential burglary in San Mateo, police said Friday.

Officers responded to the 1400 block of Hemlock Avenue at about 6:10 a.m. Thursday to reports of an attempted residential burglary.

The victim was home when he heard someone knocking on his front door. Within a few seconds, the victim then heard the suspect trying to open the locked front door.

The victim looked through a front door side window and was able to see a male subject still trying to enter through the front door.

The victim yelled out from behind the door and asked the male suspect what he was doing, after which the suspect fled the area.

The victim was able to provide our dispatchers with a suspect description and officers arrived in to the area within minutes.

Officers contacted two subjects walking away from the victim residence; one of whom matched the description provided by the victim. The man, Alphonso Jones, 19, was positively identified and subsequently placed under arrest on suspicion of attempted residential burglary.

The second suspect, 18-year-old Leon Watson, walking away with Jones was also arrested. Both Jones and Watson were later booked into San Mateo County Jail. 

Police said the quick thinking of the victim and his willingness to report the incident to the police contributed to the suspects' arrests.

Anybody with additional information about the incident or any other crimes occurring in San Mateo is asked to contact any of the below listed numbers: 

San Mateo Police Dept. Investigations: 650-522-7650 
Secret Witness Line: 650-522-7676 
Text Anonymously: 650-262-3473 
Non-emergency calls: 650-522-7700 


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