Almanac

News - November 23, 2011

Group of men jump bicyclist

by Sandy Brundage

Five men streamed out of a Mercedes Benz around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to jump a 23-year-old man riding a Huffy mountain bike, Menlo Park police said.

After kicking and punching the bicyclist, one assailant peddled away from O'Brien Drive on the bike, while the other suspects piled back into the white Mercedes.

By the time East Palo Alto police stopped the car about 1.3 miles away from the crime scene, the car contained only a driver, whom the victim didn't recognize. The driver gave police a statement and went on his way.

According to investigators, the crime appears gang-related.

Witnesses described one attacker as an unshaven, heavyset Hispanic male, approximately 16 to 18 years old, with short, slicked down hair, and wearing a white T-shirt, white basketball shorts, and long white socks.

A second suspect was described as a slender Hispanic male with long light brown hair, pulled back in a ponytail.

Jewelry stolen

In other crime news, a 59-year-old woman living on Middle Avenue reported a burglary on Tuesday, Nov. 15, around 11:45 a.m. The thief entered through an unlocked side door.

The unidentified suspect grabbed $17,600 worth of jewelry, including an antique gold pocket watch, according to police.

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