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Menlo Park: New details in parked car assault

Alleged rip-off robbery gone bad

An appointment to buy marijuana turned into a rip-off robbery in Menlo Park that led to the arrest of three men, according to the district attorney's office.

Samson Ahokava, 19, Navandeep Kang, 18, and Westin Tapia, 18, reportedly approached an 18-year-old man sitting in a car parked at Grayson Court and Arnold way on Friday (May 20) evening.

The trio surrounded the car and beat the victim, tearing open his ear, the district attorney's office said. They fled in a 2006 Volvo reportedly driven by Mr. Kang, but police cut the getaway short.

They pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday. So far only Mr. Kang has posted the $50,000 bail; all three men return to court in June.

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