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Menlo Park man accused of throwing skateboard at driver pleads not guilty

Woman was taking her daughter to school when her car was damaged

A Menlo Park man charged with felony vandalism for throwing his skateboard at a moving car in an unprovoked incident last week in Atherton pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, Oct. 1, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Thomas Anthony Steck, 31, threw the skateboard at the driver's side of a car around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, according to the DA's Office. The motorist was driving down Elena Avenue approaching Park Lane to bring her 7-year-old daughter to school. Steck broke a mirror and dented the front door, causing over $400 in damage, according to the DA's Office.

Steck fled through the Menlo Circus Club property, and the driver provided a description of him to the Atherton Police Department, which searched the area for him. Police found and arrested him at the Menlo Park Caltrain station. There was white paint on the skateboard that had transferred from the car, according to the DA's Office.

The driver did not know Steck and the motive for the incident is unknown, according to authorities.

A preliminary hearing has been set for Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. Steck remains in custody on $10,000 bail.

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