News - May 4, 2011

Crime beat: Menlo Park man arrested for impersonating police officer

by Sandy Brundage

A 23-year-old Menlo Park man was arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer by using a cellphone application that flashes red and blue light, and then pretending to be a witness, police said.

The victim called police around 11 p.m. while sitting in her boyfriend's car on Campbell Lane when David Endliss reportedly flashed the lights on April 25.

Police discovered that Mr. Endliss, instead of witnessing the incident, allegedly instigated it.

Mr. Endliss was booked into San Mateo County jail. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said his office is reviewing the case before deciding whether to charge the suspect with a felony or misdemeanor.

Woman pleads no contest to ripping off relative

After a judge declined to let her fire a court-appointed defense attorney, a Menlo Park woman pleaded no contest to using an 81-year-old relative's credit card to rack up $13,000 in bills, which she then allegedly intercepted to cover up the theft, on April 25.

Mary Patricia Stuart, 52, remains out of custody on $15,000 bond, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. She was ordered to surrender on June 11 to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for 13 days already served. In addition, she was sentenced to two years of probation.

While out on bail, Ms. Stuart was arrested along with brother Eric in Palo Alto on Aug. 29 for allegedly assaulting and robbing an employee at Hotel California. The siblings reportedly forced their way past a door secured with a safety chain, then swiped a cellphone and keys from a man they knew.


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