Man targeted elderly woman, tried to sell her home, police say

A man suspected of preying on an elderly San Carlos resident by draining bank accounts and even trying to sell the victim’s home has been arrested, authorities said.

Paul Jason Kendrick, 42, was taken into custody on Thursday (Nov. 12) at the home on Pyrola Lane on suspicion of grand theft, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Kendrick befriended the elderly woman, moved in and over a period of several months stole her jewelry, cars, drained bank accounts, and attempted to sell the victim’s home, the sheriff’s office said.

When detectives started investigating the case in August, Kendrick left the home and his whereabouts were unknown.

A concerned neighbor, however, reported on Thursday that he had returned. When deputies responded, they took him into custody without incident.

Kendrick was booked into the San Mateo County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators said there could be additional victims and asked anyone with any information to call (650) 599-1536. Anyone who has information regarding the incident may call the San
Mateo County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 1-800-547-2700. — Bay City News


  1. Don’t expect any help from the San Mateo Court. I tried a case in which a caregiver had gotten an elderly man to transfer his house to her, and despite strong testimony from county social workers showing undue influence, and a showing that she had done this previously to other elders, the court upheld the transfer. The fact that the attorney helping her was a well-known court insider made quite a difference.

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