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News - September 18, 2013

Suspect pleads not guilty to assault, vandalism

Alexander Stefan Dombovic, a 21-year-old Palo Alto man, pleaded not guilty Sept. 12 to charges of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, auto burglary and reckless driving, all related to a series of incidents in Portola Valley in April.

A jury trial for Mr. Dombovic in San Mateo County Superior Court is set for 8:45 a.m on Dec. 16, prosecutors said. He is out of custody on $50,000 bail.

In the April 21 incident, a man hit a 13-year-old Portola Valley boy on the shoulder with a baseball bat after being discovered at about 10 p.m. rummaging through a vehicle belonging to the boy's father, deputies said.

The man allegedly fled in another vehicle, encountered sheriff's deputies on Westridge Drive and a car chase ensued. After the vehicle plunged down an embankment, the man was arrested.

Deputies found about 129 pieces of mail from 18 local addresses in the vehicle, according to prosecutors.

Three charges of vandalism and a charge of robbery were dismissed by the judge for lack of evidence, prosecutors said.

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