Police have arrested one of two men who allegedly attempted to rob a man in front of his Atherton home last weekend and injured the man's wife after firing a round in her direction, police said Feb. 25.
On Sunday, Feb. 21, around 2:50 p.m., two men in a black sedan attempted to steal the resident's watch at his home on Belleau Avenue after following him from Highway 101, according to a police news bulletin and Police Chief Steve McCulley.
The resident fought back with the aid of his daughters and wife who ran out from the house to help him, police said. During the altercation, one of the suspects pulled out a pistol and fired one round in the direction of the mother. The wife was not struck by the bullet, but had minor injuries from shrapnel as the bullet ricocheted off another surface. The male resident sustained minor injuries to his face as a result of the fight.
According to police, the two suspects then fled in their vehicle headed toward El Camino Real.
Investigators were able to identify the suspects' vehicle through use of the Flock automated license plate readers (ALPRs), which the town installed in 2020. The suspects, who were both on probation, have extensive criminal histories, police said. On Feb. 25, Atherton police officers arrested Tavijar Hollis, a resident of Pittsburg, on suspicion of multiple offenses for his participation in this incident. The second suspect is still at large, McCulley in a Feb. 25 email.
Since the deployment of the Flock cameras, Atherton officers have recovered several stolen vehicles, arrested a suspect wanted in a felony hit-and-run collision, recovered a car wanted in connection with a serious violent felony, and have arrested several wanted and dangerous felons, police said in the news bulletin.