Menlo Park: No-contest plea in stabbing case


A man who repeatedly tried to stab another man he woke up, yelled at, and then accused of being the killer of his brother in a Menlo Park homeless encampment last August pleaded no contest on June 11 to a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Roberto Gonzalez, whose nickname is "Indio," is a 28-year-old Menlo Park resident who used two knives to try to stab the victim on Aug. 20, 2018, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. The victim was asleep in an encampment when the assault occurred.

Someone tried to intervene, but fled when he saw Gonzalez's two knives. Another person helped the victim get away, and they reported the incident.

The victim was treated at Stanford Hospital and was expected to recover, according to the DA's Office.

Gonzalez made the no-contest plea on the condition that he will serve no more than two years in prison; his sentencing is scheduled for July 18, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.


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