A man charged with attempted murder, among other felonies, after allegedly striking a pedestrian with a stolen vehicle on June 7 at Nealon Park in Menlo Park refused to come to court Wednesday and Thursday, June 12 and 13. He is scheduled to enter a plea on Friday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m.
Maurice Kalhil Vasquez Lopez, a 34-year-old man from Redwood City, was in a parked car at the park around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, when he got into a verbal altercation with a resident, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Vasquez Lopez reportedly threw beer bottles at a group having a barbecue nearby.
Two people approached Vasquez Lopez and told him that the police had been called, according to the DA's Office. Just before police arrived, Vasquez Lopez started to drive away and appeared to intentionally strike a woman who had been filming the altercation. The other person had to run away to avoid being hit by the vehicle, according to the District Attorney's Office.
The woman sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries to her head, hip and leg, according to the District Attorney's Office and Menlo Park Police Department.
As he fled the scene, Vasquez Lopez rammed into a Menlo Park police car, immobilizing his vehicle, according to police.
Vasquez Lopez was then taken into custody, and police determined that he had been driving a stolen vehicle. They also suspected that he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.
No police officers were injured during the incident.
Vasquez Lopez faces nine felony charges -- some with enhancements -- related to attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and assault upon a peace officer, driving under the influence, attempting to avoid police capture, leaving the scene, and driving a stolen car. He remains in custody on $10 million bail.
People with more information about the incident can contact the Menlo Park Police Department at 650-330-6300.