Menlo Park: Two arrested following armed robbery, wild chase across Dumbarton Bridge


Menlo Park police arrested a man and a woman Tuesday, June 28, following an armed robbery and a wild chase across the Dumbarton Bridge and into the East Bay.

Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Menlo Park police received a report of an armed robbery near the Ravenswood fishing pier just south of the Dumbarton Bridge on the Peninsula side. A bus driver said a man with a handgun had forced him to hand over his iPad.

Police arrived at the Ravenswood Pier area and said they found a suspect and another person in a parked vehicle. The driver took off and a chase pursued over the Dumbarton Bridge and along Highway 84 into the East Bay, police said. As the fleeing vehicle approached Interstate 880, it struck another vehicle and later a center divider, according to police.

The vehicle continued east on Decoto Road and as it approached Alvarado-Niles Road, swerved into the oncoming lanes of traffic. At that point, Menlo Park police abandoned the chase due to safety concerns.

About 30 minutes later, Union City police received a report of a possible carjacking in progress on Alvarado-Niles Road, about a mile north of Decoto Road. Officers responded, and found the suspects fleeing on foot nearby, police said. Menlo Park police arrived and identified the suspects as those involved in the chase over the bridge, police said. The abandoned vehicle was found in a nearby parking lot.

Richard Joseph Espinoza, 39, of Bay Point, was arrested and booked on suspicion of armed robbery, felony evading, felony hit-and-run, felony DUI and resisting arrest.

Rayna Renteria Slone, 38, of Pittsburg, was booked on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

The iPad was recovered, but the handgun has not yet been found, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident to call Menlo Park Police Corporal Luevano at (650) 330-6843 or the Menlo Park police anonymous tip hotline at (650) 330-6395.


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2 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 30, 2016 at 5:54 am

Aren't these guys a little old to be robbing a bus driver? Pathetic.

11 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 30, 2016 at 9:17 am

So what is a good age to rob bus drivers?

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