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News - August 3, 2012

Man caught after eluding police at Stanford

Scott Foster arrested in connection with domestic violence

A man who had been arrested, handcuffed and placed inside a patrol car at the Stanford Police Department early Thursday morning, Aug. 2, escaped and was recaptured three hours later after an extensive manhunt.

Officers initially arrested Stanford resident Scott Foster on a domestic violence charge and took him to the police processing area at around 2:05 a.m. Foster was able to escape the car and took off running, police said.

Officers set up a perimeter immediately after learning of the escape, Stanford police Sgt. Christopher Cohendet said. Calling in help from the Palo Alto, Mountain View and Menlo Park police departments and county sheriffs, they began a K9 sweep and a grid search. Among the locations searched were Nixon and Escondido elementary schools, the Stanford Stadium, the campus cactus garden, the soccer field at Churchill Avenue and El Camino Real and the eucalyptus grove, according to a police-scanner report.

Police found Foster around 5:45 a.m. near the intersection of El Camino and Galvez Street.

"One of our perimeter units saw him pop his head out, and he was apprehended without a fight," Cohendet said.

Foster will now face additional charges, including resisting arrest and fleeing police officers. Cohendet said Stanford police are investigating whether the escape occurred because of police error or because of a malfunction with the vehicle. As of Thursday morning, police were unsure how Foster was able to escape.

Cohendet, who was not present for either arrest, said Foster was still in handcuffs at the second arrest.

—Eric Van Susteren and Bay City News Service


Posted by white mug shots, a resident of Stanford
on Aug 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

Anyone else wonder why PaloAltoOnline does not show mug shots of white suspects? You can see his mug shot in the Mercury-News: Web Link

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

That's a load, white mug shots. When pics are available, they show them. They weren't on this story early this am like the major news agencies, so they likely got this story up before they were able to get a pic.

Posted by white mug shots, a resident of Stanford
on Aug 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

I think you're wrong. Even days later, PaloAltoOnline rarely shows mug shots of white perps.

Posted by Tyler Hanley, digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Aug 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

Ethnicity has nothing to do with whether or not we post a mug shot. If we have a mug shot, we will post it. In this case we posted the story first and then added the mug shot as soon as it was sent to us by Stanford police.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

See! Now we can look at his homely mug, no matter what his ethnic background is.

Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

Domestic violence. Class act.

Posted by A Noun Ea Mus, a resident of Professorville
on Aug 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

He was probably just walking to get a Jamba Juice before turning himself back in.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Sounds like a dangerous perp at Stanford - escaping (to take this action) means he has a lot at stake?!

Posted by Abe Mitchell, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

This gent has offended, let him face his trial and there after let the matter rest. There were no need for the mug-shots.

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Interesting listening to this unfold on the scanner last night. More of this guy's history was aired.

Posted by I know this guy, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm

He is by no means a "Gent". He has been a big loser for the majority of his life.

Posted by sentry, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by oneofhisvictims, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Hearsay is inadmissible. How about an old PA Online page Web Link second paragraph.

Posted by Scholar, a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Someone in cuffs inside a cop car should not be put in a position to be able to escape.

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

How much did this incompetence by the SUPD cost us?

Looks like up to $700,000 +

Stanford must pay for this incompetence and the staff involved must be fired,from the commander to the incompetent arresting officer--this is an outrage

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Good thing I recognize satire.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Good thing Sharon has decided what needs to be done! Go, Sharon, go!

Posted by oneofhisvictims, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

Apparently I was deleted because, as usual, the victim has no rights. Well as a victim of this upstanding citizen in good 'ol Palo Alto, I still have copies of the restraining order taken out against this poor misunderstood guy, and maybe I can dig up a picture or two of the injuries he inflicted. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

To oneofhisvictims - I doubt that anyone reading this article sides w/this guy. He sounds like a terrible person who hasn't improved w/age. Antisocial types wreak all kinds of havoc, sometimes violent havoc, on their loved ones and on society. I'm very sorry for what you went through and it's good to know you got rid of him. I hope that your life has improved.

I also understand your comments, I think. Please note that the deletion of your comments has nothing to do w/your knowledge of him, it has to do w/the publication's liability issues. Please don't take it personally. I hope that he goes away for a long time now, w/out the opportunity to hurt innocent people again. Take care.

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