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Attempted kidnapping reported in Atherton

 

A 24-year-old woman told Atherton police her screams drove off a man who was attempting to kidnap her at about 2 a.m. Saturday morning, March 19, on Middlefield Road near Oak Grove Avenue.

She told police she was waiting for a bus when a man driving a lowered four-door sedan drove by several times, and solicited her for sex. He got out of his car and chased and grabbed her while she was on her cellphone reporting the incident, police said.

Menlo Park and Atherton police responded but could not find the man. Atherton police are investigating the incident and ask that anyone with information, including video, call the department at (650) 688-6500.

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18 people like this
Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm

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Waiting for a bus "...about 2 a.m. Saturday morning." What did she expect?!? We have been told time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time again, not to be out on the streets alone late at night!!! Sorry, I have no sympathy for this woman. :(


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Posted by Get him!
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Mar 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

She has every right to be on our streets at any time of day. I want that man, who is a danger to our society, out of here!


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Posted by clamshell
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm

I don't understand the no-sympathy comment... Can you elaborate? Do you feel this person doesn't deserve a victim label perhaps? Your response indicates frustration elsewhere -- what's on your mind, neighbor?


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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm

pearl is a registered user.

Just because we have the "right" to do something, doesn't always mean it's the smart thing to do.

I have no sympathy for women (or anyone) who get in trouble after being told numerous times it is dangerous to be alone out on the streets late at night, or early in the morning, or in places where there are not a number of people around.


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Posted by Robert D.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 21, 2016 at 3:44 pm

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Pearl - When does a victim become the problem. The law does not state days and times of week, nor places to avoid. Certainly a choice may make one more likely to be a victim, but in no means ever should a victim be blamed.


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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm

pearl is a registered user.

Folks, this has nothing to do with "rights" or "laws", it has to do with common sense!!!


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Posted by Been There
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Mar 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Maybe she didn't have a choice of being at the bus stop at 2 am - who's to say she wasn't on a catering crew or going home from babysitting. Some people get off work in the middle of the night and being somewhere not safe is not a choice, but a necessity. The important thing is to find the guy that tried to take advantage of that woman's situation, not blame her.


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Posted by Robert D.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm

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Pearl - it has everything to do with rights and laws. We live in a place in the world that uses those principals to guide us. Using your same logic, a woman who gets drunk on a college campus and is raped is no longer a victim because she drank. Fortunately even those who do not like the law in this type of case are protected by it.


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Posted by Jon Castor
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Mar 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm

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Although being out alone late at night is a bit risky here, especially for a woman, it should not be.


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Posted by Plane Speaker
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm

I find Pearl's comment, and subsequent rejoiners fairly despicable.

- she has no sympathy for someone who might have been kidnapped and murdered?

- anyone out at that time DESERVES whatever might happen to them?

- if someone does something that is not smart, for whatever reason, they deserve bad consequences.

- If someone is lacking in common sense they DESERVE to be criminal victims?

I am personally astounded that anyone would seriously say that or defend that position, so I have to assume this is some kids ideal of practicing their trolling. Odd how kids seem to learn trolling so well in our society, but their academic achievements keep circling the drain.

Just for informational purposes I used to know a women who worked the late shift at a local nursing home that did not have a car and was forced to use the bus at the wee hours of the morning to get to and from work. Would it have been "smart" or more "common sensical" or her to not work or starve rather than to be out going to her job in the early morning?


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