Security increased following violent attack


Officers amplified security at Caltrain's Redwood City station Saturday (March 5) after about a dozen assailants attacked a man at the station on Friday, a spokeswoman said.

Between nine and 15 suspects attacked a 47-year-old San Jose man in an attempt to rob him at about 7:30 p.m., spokeswoman Christine Dunn.

The man, who was waiting for a southbound train, was beaten and left on the ground after the attack. No weapons were seen during the scuffle, Dunn said.

The victim was taken to a hospital and was listed in critical condition. He was still in critical condition as of 6:20 p.m. Saturday evening, Dunn said.

Given the severity of the mauling, investigators from Caltrain police are now "aggressively" following leads into the possible whereabouts of the suspects, including reports of a white compact car seen leaving the station, Dunn said.

She said she was not able to discuss the nature of the victim's injuries or details of the investigation, but said police are asking for the public's help in the case.

Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to call Detective Victor Lopez at (650) 622-8048.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Why is it that only the "transit police" are mentioned as investigating this crime? Didn't it happen in Redwood City? Don't the Redwood City PD and the SMC Sheriff have better and more experienced violent crime investigators? And don't they have much better sources and leads within the local community?
As I recall the transit police are the ones who give you a ticket for sneaking across the tracks or not having your CalTrain ticket on your person.

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Posted by Holly L.
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Mar 6, 2011 at 8:59 am

I could see this coming a mile away. Since December, I have been harassed a couple of times by some hoods at the Redwood City station. Each week, the crowds of unsavory characters hanging out there seemed to be getting bigger. I NEVER saw any police presence there whatsoever. No surprise to me that it turned into a free-for-all there.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

In this case the "transit police" = San Mateo County Sheriffs Office. Lets help them solve this.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family.

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