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Atherton: Man fires shot at car carrying his brother, sparking shelter-in-place order before he surrenders

Police arrest armed Atherton man with help from hostage negotiation team

A man who allegedly fired at a car that carried his brother and three other people, including a child, in Atherton was arrested on Friday evening, Jan. 31, with the help of a hostage negotiation team, according to the police department.

Officers were alerted about the shooting at around 5 p.m. outside of a home on Spencer Lane, police said in a press release. One of the victims reported that his brother fired two rounds from a pistol at an occupied car about five minutes earlier.

Three adults and a child were inside the vehicle struck by the gunfire, police said, but no one was injured.

Officers from Menlo Park and Redwood City assisted Atherton police in surrounding the alleged shooter's home, according to the press release. A shelter-in-place order was issued for over a dozen homes on and near Spencer Lane, which is off of Isabella Avenue and blocks away from El Camino Real.

A hostage negotiation team from Redwood City contacted the alleged shooter on his cellphone and persuaded him to peacefully surrender, police said.

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The alleged shooter was a 37-year-old Atherton man who was arrested for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into an occupied vehicle and child endangerment, police said.

Editor's note: The Almanac's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. See our guidelines here.

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Atherton: Man fires shot at car carrying his brother, sparking shelter-in-place order before he surrenders

Police arrest armed Atherton man with help from hostage negotiation team

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Uploaded: Sat, Feb 1, 2020, 9:36 pm

A man who allegedly fired at a car that carried his brother and three other people, including a child, in Atherton was arrested on Friday evening, Jan. 31, with the help of a hostage negotiation team, according to the police department.

Officers were alerted about the shooting at around 5 p.m. outside of a home on Spencer Lane, police said in a press release. One of the victims reported that his brother fired two rounds from a pistol at an occupied car about five minutes earlier.

Three adults and a child were inside the vehicle struck by the gunfire, police said, but no one was injured.

Officers from Menlo Park and Redwood City assisted Atherton police in surrounding the alleged shooter's home, according to the press release. A shelter-in-place order was issued for over a dozen homes on and near Spencer Lane, which is off of Isabella Avenue and blocks away from El Camino Real.

A hostage negotiation team from Redwood City contacted the alleged shooter on his cellphone and persuaded him to peacefully surrender, police said.

The alleged shooter was a 37-year-old Atherton man who was arrested for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into an occupied vehicle and child endangerment, police said.

Editor's note: The Almanac's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. See our guidelines here.

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Hmmm
another community
on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:24 pm
Hmmm, another community
on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:24 pm
5 people like this

Do you want to know this man’s name? I do.


gun noots
Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:33 pm
gun noots, Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:33 pm
19 people like this

A gun in the home is 11 times more likely to be used against someone in that family or home than in self-defense.


Michael G. Stogner
another community
on Feb 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
Michael G. Stogner, another community
on Feb 3, 2020 at 11:25 am
4 people like this

Editor's note: The Almanac's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. See our guidelines here.

You reported David Bohannon was arrested twice, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe never filed charges in that case.

I've requested the booking photo from San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and PIO Rosemerry Blankswade,


Just askin'
Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Feb 3, 2020 at 2:48 pm
Just askin', Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Feb 3, 2020 at 2:48 pm
3 people like this

I wonder how much of Atherton's property taxes go to support Menlo Park and Redwood City Police Departments?

It might seem callous to raise this question in such a context. Of course, I'd never advocate in the case of public safety, that first responders should ask the question of whether the residents calling for help are paying for the service. And I do understand the public safety ethos and agreements in place when it comes to policing.

But the apparent callousness behind the question is exactly the type of callousness undergirding Atherton City Council's study of their commitment to the Menlo Park Fire District, based upon a consultant's study that says they use a small amount of the services compared to what they pay in property taxes. Perhaps they should ask themselves if, to avoid hypocrisy, the converse would be fair -- that they don't get any more services for which they don't contribute (for example when Redwood City and Menlo Park police respond to assist Atherton Police in the case of an active shooter).

I don't see a single instance of Atherton Residents complaining that their police department was assisted here.

And of course not! Because smart civic-minded residents understand that such an attitude is the beginning of the end for the public good. I mean, why stop with the fire department. What about schools? What about roads? What about water lines that were just reinstalled throughout Atherton, but not certain newer neighborhoods where the freight of that cost was covered in the cost of the homes built, rather than through public taxes.

Next thing you know, the high-capital, high-income residents of Atherton will ask for a federal tax break disproportionate compared to middle-income earners because they pay "more than their fair share." (Oh wait, they got that already from Trump and a Republican Congress and now seem content with $1 trillion annual deficits.)

Just sayin'!


Michael G. Stogner
another community
on Feb 3, 2020 at 5:45 pm
Michael G. Stogner, another community
on Feb 3, 2020 at 5:45 pm
5 people like this

I have Good News.

Michael,



We do not have any booking photos in our system for a Michael Yang. That is the name of the man the Atherton Police department arrested on Spencer Lane, Atherton Jan. 31, 2020 and took to San Mateo County Jail. Attempted Murder You figure it out.





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Rosemerry Blankswade, Detective

Public Information Officer

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

650.363.4800 desk

650.421.1243 cell

[email protected]

[email protected]

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Michael G. Stogner
another community
on Feb 4, 2020 at 1:35 pm
Michael G. Stogner, another community
on Feb 4, 2020 at 1:35 pm
3 people like this

People v. Chihhao Yang

Superior Court Case Number 20-SF-001810-A

Charges: Counts 1, 2,3 & $ 245(B) Felony Assault With A Semi-Automatic Firearm

Count 5 246 Felony Discharge of A Firearm At An Occupied Vehicle

He will be arraigned this afternoon at 1:30 in Dept. 25, Judge Joseph Scott in Courtroom 4-A (custody courtroom) 400 County Center Redwood City California.


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