Lionel Blanks Jr., the man accused of rape and attempted murder in the carjacking of a woman in Palo Alto on May 27, had a prior criminal record dating to 1993 that includes a 2001 domestic violence incident, according to San Mateo and Santa Clara county records.
Blanks was arrested for possession of cocaine for sale in East Palo Alto in 1993 on two occasions, Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County chief deputy district attorney said Thursday. He was sentenced to two years and four years concurrent terms in state prison for the offenses and served two years, Wagstaffe said.
Blanks was the defendant in a paternity suit in San Mateo County in 1999, according to court records. He was also arrested for domestic violence in Santa Clara County in 2001. The complaint, which was filed by then-wife Keisha Blanks, allegedly involved his 22-month-old son.
Court records in Santa Clara County also showed two DUI arrests.
Blanks graduated from Woodside High School in 1991 and attended Foothill College, according to his Facebook page late last week -- since removed.