Menlo Park: Driver of stolen vehicle arrested for attempted murder

Police say he 'intentionally' drove into a Menlo Park pedestrian

Menlo Park police arrested a 34-year-old man for attempted murder on Friday night after he allegedly drove a stolen vehicle into a 33-year-old Menlo Park woman who was filming an altercation between him and a neighbor.

Police said they received a call about a verbal altercation between a resident and a man in a parked vehicle at Nealon Park at around 10:36 p.m.

Just prior to their arrival, police said, the driver of the parked vehicle started to drive away and intentionally struck the woman with his car, causing serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The man, who police have identified as Redwood City resident Maurice Vasquez Lopez, then began to flee the scene just as officers were entering the park. During his attempt to escape, he rammed a Menlo Park police car, which immobilized his vehicle.

Police said that after taking Vasquez Lopez into custody, they determined that the vehicle he was driving was allegedly stolen. He also was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.

Police arrested Vasquez Lopez for attempted murder, DUI with injury, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, hit and run from an injury collision, possession of stolen property, and resisting arrest.

Vasquez Lopez was transported to Stanford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the collision.

No police officers were injured during the incident.

The incident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, can contact the Menlo Park Police Department at 650-330-6300.

— Almanac staff

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