Driver arrested for attempted murder at Nealon Park scheduled to enter plea Friday

Maurice Kalhil Vasquez Lopez has refused to come to court twice

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.


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8 people like this
Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2019 at 12:31 pm

pearl is a registered user.

What a dirt bag this guy is. Hope he gets a long prison term. Someone needs to check and see if he's here in the U.S. legally.

4 people like this
Posted by Legally?
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 14, 2019 at 2:33 pm

@pearl, I think we all agree that the alleged behavior qualifies as dirtbaggery.

However, I think you need to ask yourself why you immediately raise the question of whether he is present in the US legally. There is . NOTHING in the article to suggest any questions of legal status. Except. Well, there is a latino name. Could that be what triggers the question? What assumptions might one make about your name? (I can't guess as you have not disclosed it (not that you have to))

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Posted by Steve_J
a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2019 at 2:56 pm

Steve_J is a registered user.

Dirt Bag yes. Pearl: please do not act like Trump.

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