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Two arrested in connection with Caltrain attack

 

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of beating and robbing a man at the Redwood City Caltrain station last week, agency officials said Friday (March 11).

Desean Walker, 19, and Thomas Nicholas Furman, 18, both of Redwood City, were arrested by transit police on suspicion of robbery and assault with great bodily injury, according to Caltrain officials.

The pair was arrested in connection with the March 4 attack that left a 47-year-old man in critical condition at a hospital, officials said.

The victim was attacked by a group of assailants who were trying to rob him as he waited for a southbound train at about 7:30 p.m. that day.

Walker was already in custody on unrelated robbery charges when he was arrested for the Caltrain attack, according to officials.

Both he and Furman are scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Three search warrants were also executed in Redwood City and East Palo Alto in connection with the case, and evidence recovered during the searches has provided investigators with information that they say will help locate other suspects in the case.

"We are confident that everyone will be brought to justice," Dave Triolo, Caltrain's chief of protective services, said in a statement.

"This incident is an extremely rare occurrence in the Caltrain system and we want to deliver a clear message: commit a crime and face a swift and effective response from law enforcement," Triolo said.

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

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

Such a relief! Go cops, go! Catch these horrendously violent thugs. I just read about Desean's arrest, so he clearly is a bad apple.

My thoughts are still w/the victim & his family.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

Good Work Law Enforcement.....Lets get the rest of them.

Don't forget about Tim Singer the 34 year old young man unsolved homicide case last May just a couple blocks down the tracts at Maple. Family is offering $25,000 reward. Trauma to head.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I hope the evidence supports these men are guilty. The bigger problem is their belief what they were doing was acceptable and they just got caught. So difficult to change the 'gangsta' mentality.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Mr. Stogner, I thought that case wasn't clearly a homicide? It sounds like too many unknowns in Singer's case to definitely put it in the same category as this latest assault. Of course, the public hasn't been told much about this recent assault, either.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Hmmm,
The Tim Singer case can not be ruled out from a homicide. The Coroner has not signed off on it yet and it was being investigated as a homicide. Blunt trauma to head.

Todays update: Desean Damar Walker Bail set at $250,000 that is in addition to the $250,000 bail for another robbery case.

Thomas Nicholas Furman bail set at $250,000

Next court date for todays cases March 24, 2011


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Thank you, Mr. Stogner. From what I've read, yes, homicide not ruled out but it's not totally clear. I am glad they are still investigating it - what a tragedy regardless of the circumstances. If it's a homicide of course finding the guilty is important.

I am glad to read of the bail amounts - that means a total of $50k for Walker to get sprung, so someone would likely have to put up their house(s) (guess they'd be separate bonds?). Let's hope no one comes up w/it.


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Posted by Raul
a resident of Woodside High School
on Mar 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I see young kids at all time of the day doing nothing but trashing ,close to the train platform in Redwood City. They don't seem to work or go to school. What about the police checking them and ask questions.Isn't law about being at school or else???????????????????


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Hmmm,
You are right about the Tim Singer case not being clear, no weapons, no robbery etc.
Lets include hate crime as a possibility.

Now we find out that there are other BEATINGS taking place within a couple of blocks and a couple of months from each other. The last one we know about was reported to have 9-15 boys/men involved in the attack in public. This wasn't about money.

Lets wake up San Mateo County we have to protect each other.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Which other beatings have there been a few months apart?

Yes, I wondered about the possibility of hate crime w/the Singer death.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Tim Singer head trauma May 1, 2010 died May 8, 2010 Maple St. at tracks.

December 2010 1800 block Broadway St Redwood City 12:30 AM beating robbery. This is this case Walker was charged with this week.

March 4, 2011 Caltrain/SamTrans station 7:30 PM beating 9-15 assailants.

No weapons in all three


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Ok, Mr. Stogner - get this - I map 1800 Broadway to see how close to the station. Guess what comes up? Project Heartbeat, a place which provides classes in CPR & First Aid. Beyond ironic.

So these 3 incidents are pretty close & 2 of them include involvement by Mr. Walker. So we'll see if we hear that he gets questioned re the Singer death.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

From the Palo Alto Daily Post 3/9/2011

"The victim said he was waiting for a taxi at 12:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Broadway (between Walnut and Maple streets) when four young men attacked him.


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Posted by Moe
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 11, 2011 at 7:58 pm

If they can be proven guilty, I hope the court will be as mercyless as they were to their victim.
How low can these cowards get? Attacking as a gang an unsuspecting man waiting for a train.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Somebody killed Tim Singer on May 1, 2010 Maple St. and the tracks Redwood City. Ca

His family is offering a $25,000 REWARD


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Posted by american nurse
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm

american nurse is a registered user.

innocent until proven guilty. If proven guilty, their parents and family members need to be paraded in public to show their lack of parenting. When I grew up we were taught never to bring shame on our family or community.
If they are guilty, they and their families need to plead guilty, take the consequences and not be an economic drain on our community tying up our legal system.
An aside: in prison: marine haircut, prison clothes, no personal items, no tv,computers, phones, no education, etc. Prisoners need to grow all of their food (or not eat), clean prison, work on breaking rocks into gravel - that should give them some of the teaching that should have been done by their parents.
Also, no conjugal visits, no marriages, and unlike it is now, NO Welfare for their families. That should be some kind of deterrent.
Want a tattoo? Get one and a fellow prisoner will be required to remove it from you!
NO medical, dental, vision, or prescriptions - some of the above may modify behavior.
All prisoners should be paraded in public; and, the really bad, should be hung in public.


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