A 36-year-old man, attempting to escape Menlo Park police, sustained incapacitating injuries Friday morning (Aug. 11) after he leapt from a pedestrian bridge at a point about 30 feet above Van Buren Road near U.S. 101.
Lamar Dekari Stevens of San Jose was taken to Stanford Hospital and was arrested on suspicion of the sexual assault and robbery of a Ringwood Avenue resident earlier that morning, police said. He is on parole for robbery.
Police said they received a call at about 4:50 a.m. from a resident of the 1000 block of Ringwood Avenue who said a man had broken into his home and held him at knife point, then sexually assaulted and robbed him.
The resident, a man in his 60s, told police he had escaped his home and made the 911 call from a neighbor's house. He had minor injuries, police said.
Police said they responded within minutes and formed a perimeter. At about 4:55 a.m., officers noticed a man matching the suspect's description on the Ringwood Avenue pedestrian bridge across U.S. 101.
With officers now on both sides of the bridge and a police dog closing in, the man climbed over a fence on the west end of the bridge and jumped down to Van Buren Road, police said. They estimate that the man was about 30 feet above the road when he jumped.
"The suspect sustained incapacitating injuries due to the fall and was taken into custody without further incident," police said in their report. Medics were called and the man was taken to Stanford Hospital, where he will remain, under police control, until cleared to be taken to the county jail, police said.