Woman, 73, beaten after teen asks for cigarette

16-year-old boy on bike attacks pedestrian

A 73-year-old woman out for a walk on Monday night in Menlo Park was beaten by a teenage boy after he asked for a cigarette, and she said she didn't have one, police said.

As the woman walked along the 200 block of Lexington Drive around 9 p.m., the boy rode up on a bicycle and asked for a cigarette. After saying she didn't have any, she told him he looked too young and healthy to smoke, according to police.

The boy rode away, but returned a short time later. He punched the woman in the back and face, knocking her to the ground, and fled on his bike.

A couple of residents heard the woman yell and ran to help her, police said. She did not need to be taken to a hospital.

The victim described her assailant as Hispanic, and about 16 years old, with a medium build, and no taller than 6 feet. He wore a dark baseball cap, two-toned dark jacket, and jeans, according to the police report.


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Posted by Brogg
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jun 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

At age 68, I guess I better start carrying cigarettes to prevent being beaten up. Oh, that, and not lecturing kids.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

This is despicably awful. I'm so sorry for the victim. Have spent much time on that street, which is normally very safe, it's hard to imagine some dirtbag doing this. I'm very glad to know she wasn't seriously injured.

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Posted by Ranch Gal
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Sorry libs but there is something to be said for carrying a gun if you know how to use it. I am 68 and come from a ranch and if I run into this creep and he attacks me? He better be prepared for a real fight! I am sickened by our elderly folks being attacked like this with no defense. OK then maybe pepper spray? Or a German Shepherd?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Ranch Gal - do you carry concealed? You know that the 'burbs are a tad different from being on a ranch, right? I've done target shooting & shotgun practice on ranches, where you know, it's not the 'burbs. And on ranges. Oh, & I'm a lib, too. Please, keep your politics out of this. What happened was terrible & has nothing to do with guns/no guns. I personally see more possible ageism & sexism & utter disrespect in this incident than politics.

Pepper spray is good, unless it's windy. A boat horn can startle & that's a good thing. IMO, the German Shepherd is the likely best deterrent, but not everyone can or should handle a big dog.

Maybe this doofus will set his hair on fire trying to light his next smoke.

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Posted by Some Guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Yes Ranch Gal,
Cause the appropriate response would be to shoot the punk.
Did you even think about what you were saying before you said it? I'm guessing you didn't.
Since people generally frown when you shoot unarmed people. The woman didn't even need to go to the hospital, yet you think the proper response would have been to shoot the kid?

You keep clinging to those guns and religion and watching Fox News.

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