Woman donates money to replace stolen bike

Tells 14-year-old boy to remember good in the world

"Don't let the good in the world be overshadowed by these people," said a note from an anonymous woman to a 14-year-old boy who had his bike stolen at the Menlo Park skate park.

After reading about the theft in the newspaper, the Good Samaritan contacted police to arrange a $500 donation to replace the bike.

The teenager was attacked by two young men during a morning outing on Aug. 13. After one asked for a ride and was turned down, he punched the boy as the other suspect grabbed the bike. Both escaped a police search.

The first suspect, described as a white man about 17 to 18 years old, had short blond hair, freckles and light eyes. About 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 150 pounds, he wore jeans and a gray T-shirt, according to the police report. He rode the bike as the pair fled south on Alma Street.

The second suspect, a black man about 18 to 19 years old, wore jeans and a white T-shirt. He stood nearly 6 feet tall and weighed about 180 pounds with short, curly dark hair and medium complexion.

Police spokesperson Nicole Acker said there was no update on the investigation. Anyone with information about the robbery can call police at 330-6300.


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Posted by Tony
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I am so happy to see that there are still kind neighbors in Menlo park. The gift to replace a boys bike taken from him at the skate park was wonderful. I see many houses resell over and over. Families come and go before we even have a chance to know them
I hope we can use this as an example to try and keep are neighborhoods safe and friendly. We are so lucky to live in this area. We Need to protect our kids and future generations.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2012 at 8:16 am

Great News

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Posted by Leslie
a resident of Portola Valley: Woodside Highlands
on Aug 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Thank you, kind Samaritan, for giving *all* of us a smile and a reminder of how much good there is all around. I'm sure you've made a large difference in the way the 14-year-old boy will see the world as he continues into adulthood. This story has made my afternoon.

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