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Man killed by train was investigated for involvement in Atherton elder abuse case

Original post made on Feb 18, 2011

Jon Armstrong, the pedestrian who died after being hit by a train on Friday, April 2, in San Bruno was a 52-year-old Menlo Park resident who was being investigated by the Atherton Police Department on suspicion of abusing an elderly Atherton woman.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm

The shocking revelations of elder abuse in Atherton, and complicity of the Atherton police department in refusing to take any action after multiple pleas for help by this elder's family, as well as doctors in the community, becomes even more shocking when you consider that the Deputy DA who refused to prosecute the individual (who jumped in front of a train shortly after the heroic dramatic intervention by Jon Buckheit and Kathy McKeithen that saved this woman's life) was MELISSA MCKOWAN.

Mckowan has been on the front pages of the papers this week because she is being sued by a family for lying to a judge to get out of trying their case. Also, in the Dr. William Ayres child molestation case, the San Mateo District Attorney's office has received numerous complaints from families of the victims that Mckowan has not been truthful about evidence; witnesses and her actions.

Although Wagstaffe told the Almanac that the investigation by the Atherton Police Department was reviewed by a prosecutor [Mckowan]in the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, "The evidence did not warrant a prosecution" because under the law, a person would have to be ruled incompetent in order to be a victim of the kind of abuse Mr. Armstrong was suspected of, and the woman had been determined to be competent at the time, Mr. Wagstaffe said.

Given the FBI investigation into the DA's office and the lawsuit against Mckowan, can we really believe the DA's version of events in this case?
[Portion removed; don't accuse, through speculation, an individual of criminal behavior.]

>How can a police department and DA's office refuse to intervene in such a dramatic case of abuse that, when discovered and brought to justice, the alleged perpetrator takes his own life?

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