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News - March 19, 2014

Man convicted of assaulting Menlo Park police officer

by Sandy Brundage

A 15-day trial ended in conviction on multiple charges for a man who allegedly injured a Menlo Park police officer during arrest.

On March 13, a jury found Jaime Demecio Romero, guilty of felony assault with a semiautomatic firearm, resisting arrest and seriously injuring a peace officer, illegal possession of a gun, and using a firearm while committing a felony, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

However, the jury also found that the crimes weren't gang related, thereby preventing one sentence enhancement. As it is, Mr. Romero faces about 36 years in state prison, the District Attorney's Office said.

Mr. Romero, a Menlo Park resident, was arrested on Aug. 28, 2013, after he shot a 24-year-old man who allegedly tried to attack him with a baseball bat during a traffic altercation on Willow Road, according to police.

Menlo Park Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) officers were already in the area on an unrelated case, and attempted to detain Mr. Romero. A struggle during his arrest injured a police officer's hand. The officer has since returned to duty, according to the police department, but may require further surgery to repair the damage.

A date for sentencing will be set on March 26. Mr. Romero remains in custody on $500,000 bail. His defense attorney, Gerritt Rutgers, was not immediately available for comment on the trial's outcome.


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