Man draws gun on woman during parking dispute, police say

Safeway on El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Photo from the Safeway website.

By the Daily Post staff

Menlo Park police today (Aug. 15) arrested a man who allegedly drew a gun on a woman during a parking dispute at Safeway in Menlo Park.

Arrested was Barton Karl Lunsford, 58, of Mountain View, according to police.

At just before 6 a.m. in the store’s parking lot at 525 El Camino Real, a woman asked a man to adjust his car because he was taking up two spaces, according to police.

Instead of complying, the man pointed a gun at the woman and told her to leave, police said.

The woman walked away from the gunman and immediately called police.

At 5:53 a.m., two minutes after the call, police arrived and found the vehicle matching the description the woman had given, and they found the gunman inside, according to police.

When an officer spoke to the man in his car, he could see the gun on the man’s passenger seat, police said. Police said the gun was unregistered.

He was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for being in possession of a loaded firearm, making threats and brandishing a firearm.