By the Daily Post staff
Palo Alto police have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of violently assaulting and stabbing an 80-year-old pedestrian in the Crescent Park neighborhood. The victim suffered major injuries and remains hospitalized, police said.
On Friday (July 31) at 7:07 p.m., dispatchers received a medical call reporting a man was down with a head wound near the intersection of Lytton Avenue and Seneca Street. Arriving officers found the victim conscious but bleeding from multiple facial injuries.
A witness said he had seen a teenager running from the scene.
At the same time, two women — later identified as family members of the suspect — arrived and frantically told officers they were looking for their teenage relative. The teen had just called them, said he needed a ride, and had shared his GPS location with them via smart phone.
An investigation, which included a review of surveillance footage from homes near the crime scene, led to the identification of the suspect as 18-year-old Andrew McMenomy-Cortez of East Palo Alto, police said.
Police took McMenomy-Cortez into custody without incident at his home in the 400 block of Garden Street in East Palo Alto at about 8:23 p.m.
The victim had been walking on the sidewalk when it appears the suspect approached him and struck up a conversation, police said. The victim and suspect walked together for a time before the assault occurred. The motive for the attack is unknown; the victim was not missing any property, so robbery is not a likely motive, police said.
Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department rushed the victim to the hospital for treatment. The victim sustained major wounds to his face and neck, including several stab wounds. He remains hospitalized.
Police booked the suspect into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse, both felony crimes.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.