Posted by local gurl, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Jun 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm
Prophett, are you KIDDING ME?? A 16 year old punk beats up one of our elders and you seem to think that catching and punishing this thug is a PROBLEM? Oh, you live in College Terrace where nothing bad ever happens.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Jun 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm
Sally - is 9pm past your bedtime? Just kidding, sort of. It's a safe neighborhood, she is probably local & probably has walked that area for years. You can get crime stats from the local PD, but I'm willing to bet that aside from the local guy arrested for child porn in that area, it's as low crime now as it was when I was a kid. Maybe she'll carry a boat horn or pepper spray after this, but I'm guessing that if this is the first time she's had a problem in that area, she's been quite safe.
Posted by Nayeli, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm
Hmmm. Perhaps this woman thinks that she shouldn't change her behavior simply because certain thugs are becoming increasingly violent. There is no need to blame this woman for walking outside without a man or dog.
It is a shame that society has digressed to the point that we blame the victim for simply having the audacity to walk outside of her home.
Creeps like this thug -- and all violent criminals -- should be tagged and monitored like the animals that they are. If, after a period of time, they prove that they can be trusted to live among us, then the tag could be removed. Otherwise, either tag them for public safety or throw them in a prison that they fear.
Posted by B, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:25 am
It is really a shame that people can't go for a walk in their neighborhood at night but that is just the way it is these days. You always have to have to be suspicious of people, especially as you age. You are more vulnerable and so more likely to be a victim. I hope this lady was ok and can continue to go for more walks, hopefully this time with another person and with a cane for protection.
I can only assume the reason the kid came back to assault her was because she didn't have cigerettes (or money), and then she gave him a lecture which might have been the trigger for his anger at not getting what he wanted. Yes, this kid needs to go to juvenile detention and get some serious counseling. He has no impulse control and serious disregard for people in general.
Posted by lawman, a resident of Menlo Park, on Jun 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm
Hope they catch the thug. If some one came up to me, no matter when or where, and asked for a cigarette, I would simply state "sorry, I don't smoke" and leave it at that instead of stating a gratuitous opinion, and I am a big athletic man...
Posted by John Galt, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm
Everyone has ignored the fact that this well intentioned lady chose to lecture the lad about his behavior. NOT A GOOD IDEA! This provokes those with low to non existent self esteem into violence. My father had his jaw broken at age 81 by a similar punk for doing the same thing, in Long Beach. This occured 30 years ago. Just say no and leave your comments at home.