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Menlo Park: Robbery and assault suspect injured after leap from bridge

 

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.

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15 people like this
Posted by TaxDollarsAtWork
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 12, 2017 at 9:59 pm

Great Job and big Thank You to the men and women of the Menlo Park Police Department!


9 people like this
Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 13, 2017 at 8:42 am

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

Way to go MPPD!


6 people like this
Posted by PV Res
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Aug 13, 2017 at 10:03 am

Hmm. This proves our points about how Menlo Park is the new center for crime.


12 people like this
Posted by kbehroozi
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Aug 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm

Hi neighbor,

A lot of people come over that bridge, including kids going to school, people going to and from work, etc.

My guess is that Mr San Jose used also highway 101N. As do many others.

Agree that this was horrific and way too close. But I'm not blaming the bike/ped bridge or an entire community for the evil perpetrated by an outlier who didn't even live there. (Not saying this is your intent but your words sort of implied this.) Thankfully we live in a safe community and such acts of violence are comparatively rare. And grateful for the police who managed to capture the assailant (with a little help from our bridge!)


2 people like this
Posted by West of 280
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Aug 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2017 at 10:42 am

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

You can thank Governor Moonbeam for convincing voters that releasing felons from prison would be a good thing. Notice this particular guy is on parole.


3 people like this
Posted by New Norm?
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Aug 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm

I appreciate the timely action and information from MPPD, but the fact that this case involved sexual assault actually raises more questions than answers have been provided for. Can Menlo Park police provide any information about the case that might help us better understand the scenario? Is sexual assault a new norm for Menlo Park? This makes me rethink my use and comfort with parks, biking to school, jogging, etc. The more information that you can provide would be beneficial for all.


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