A 21-year-old Palo Alto man arrested in the Westridge neighborhood of Portola Valley on an April 2013 evening in connection with a series of incidents, including assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, auto burglary and reckless driving, now has a court date to enter a plea in response to these charges.
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, Judge Beth Freeman of Redwood City Felony Court set Sept. 12 at 8:45 a.m. for the arraignment of Alexander Stefan Dombovic, who remains out of custody on $50,000 bail, prosecutors said.
The incidents began around 10 p.m. on April 21 when a 13-year-old Portola Valley boy reading in his bedroom heard a car come down the driveway of his home and park near his room, prosecutors said. He went out to see what was going on and said he saw a man rummaging through his father's vehicle.
The boy asked the man what he was doing. The man allegedly yelled at the boy and charged at him with an aluminum baseball bat, hitting him in the shoulder hard enough to cause a bruise, prosecutors said. The man then fled in a gold Toyota SUV, deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies were already in the area to respond to a nearby car burglary and saw the gold SUV driving directly at them on the wrong side of the road with its lights off. They swerved to avoid a collision and began a car chase, with the pursued vehicle accelerating to 60 miles per hour, prosecutors said.
In the 900 block of Westridge Drive, the driver of the pursued vehicle lost control and plunged down an an embankment. When deputies, guns drawn, approached the crashed vehicle and ordered the driver to come out, the driver emerged and yelled in a Russian accent, "This has nothing to do with Boston," according to the prosecutor.
Mr. Dombovic is of Chechen nationality, the prosecutor said.
Deputies found about 129 pieces of mail from 18 local addresses in the car, according to prosecutors.
Three charges of vandalism and a charge of robbery were dismissed by the judge for lack of evidence, prosecutors said.