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Man uses bat, cane in Palo Alto road-rage melee

Man arrested for assault with a deadly weapon following altercation on Quarry Road

An Easter visit to Stanford Hospital turned into a violent attack in the middle of the road Sunday, April 8, when a bat-wielding man struck a woman and then hit a man with a cane in a fit of road rage.

Michael Julian, 52, of Redwood City was arrested on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of child endangerment and one count of vandalism after an incident that involved persons in three vehicles, including Julian's child.

Police were called to the scene in the 200 block of Quarry Road near Palo Drive at 3:10 p.m. and came upon several people and one juvenile engaged in what was described as a melee, Agent Marianna Villaescusa said.

The victim was driving away from the hospital when he and Julian got into an argument. They stopped their cars on Quarry Road and both men emerged from their vehicles, Villaescusa said.

Julian removed a baseball bat from his trunk and allegedly began swinging at the unnamed victim. A female passenger in the victim's car got between the men and was hit in the face with the bottom of the bat, Villaescusa said.

Occupants in a third vehicle who had also been visiting a family member at the hospital with the victims came upon the scene and a man from that vehicle exited his car to try to intervene, Villaescusa said. Julian allegedly retrieved a wooden cane from his vehicle and struck the second man, breaking the cane over his arm, she said. Julian also allegedly broke the first male victim's cell phone, Villaescusa said.

Julian's juvenile son also got out of the car and allegedly struck someone with the wooden cane. He allegedly broke out the first victim's windshield.

Several Palo Alto police officers responded to the scene and the son allegedly punched an officer several times, Villaescusa said. Police were able to calm everyone down and took Julian into custody. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose. His son was released but the incident was referred to juvenile services, Villaescusa said. The victims had minor injuries but the officer was unharmed, she said.

Comments

Posted by mug shot?, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Apr 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

How about a mug shot of the suspect?


Posted by Joanne, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Maybe need to put in metal detectors on Quarry Road.


Posted by Guido, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Julian will be charged, and his son will also face charges. Not a very nice way to model conflict resolution for your kid. And, it seems that the boy has learned his lessons well. Here's hoping that they demand a 10-session anger management course for Julian and his kid, in addition to a LOT of community service. Oh, yeah, as part of the kid's penalty, he should be kept from applying for a driver's license until he's 21. If he already has a permit, it should be taken away.


Posted by wow, a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm

like father, like son.


Posted by Web2.0, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

It sounds like the "victim" was an active participant in the melee. Last time i checked stopping your car after a road rage incident and confronting the aggressor does not usually lead to a fruitful discussion. Also the article doesn't say who/or what the road rage was about. Did the "victim" cut of Julian and when Julian honk did the "victim" brake check him to teach him a lesson. And then they both got out of there cars to settle it. But the "victim" had already called his boy who was following him and they knew they would have the upper hand....I would love to hear both sides of the story.


Posted by kongjie, a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

kongjie is a registered user.

too bad the police arrived so promptly. I want to know what else Julian had in that trunk of wonders. Lawn darts? Can of tuna fish? A bacon stretcher?


Posted by Bagley, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Video! Video! I want to see some video of this! Guess they had a return-to-the-hospital wish.


Posted by Resident, a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Not unlike Planning & Transportation meetings at our own Palo Alto City Hall.


Posted by Dennis, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

A good read which badly misses on one of the pillars of reportage: "Why"


Posted by pearl, a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

The kid needs to be charged, as well. And, the father and the kid both need to attend anger management classes, as well as do 500 hours community service each. Plus, they should both be put on probation for five years. And, someone make sure the kid has dealt with his anger problems before he gets behind the wheel.


Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Why didn't they arrest his disgusting kid too?


Posted by Retired Teacher, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Let's see. A juvenile punches a police officer several times, and doesn't get arrested and sent to a detention center? Why? Hillcrest is too far away? The Santa Clara center is too full? The punches didn't meet the full force test? He's really a wonderful kid and was just defending his innocent father, the bottom of whose baseball bat was assaulted by the woman who tried to intervene?

I'm not even what you might call a law and order type, but this strikes me as ridiculous. I'm sure the juvenile authorities will get around to talking to this young paragon of virtue sometime soon. Let's hope it's before he breaks another windshield or two and whacks a Redwood City police officer.


Posted by Retired Teacher, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Let's see. A juvenile punches a police officer several times, and doesn't get arrested and sent to a detention center? Why? Hillcrest is too far away? The Santa Clara center is too full? The punches didn't meet the full force test? He's really a wonderful kid and was just defending his innocent father, the bottom of whose baseball bat was assaulted by the woman who tried to intervene?

I'm not even what you might call a law and order type, but this strikes me as ridiculous. I'm sure the juvenile authorities will get around to talking to this young paragon of virtue sometime soon. Let's hope it's before he breaks another windshield or two and whacks a Redwood City police officer.


Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Sheesh, too bad we cannot banish people anymore. None of these people sound sensible or rational - it would be nice if we could just say - leave California and do not come back.


Posted by A Local Motorist, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

A "fit of road rage"??? What an over-used term used to play down felonious criminal behavior. Why not describe it by it's rightful terms -- felony assault with a deadly weapon, battery, possibly assault with intent to commit murder. Using the term "road rage" only diminishes the severity of the criminal nature of the acts. It's time we called these actions what they are - a criminal act by a violent perpetrator.

The only relevance of the "road rage" classification is that it qualifies the acts of the individuals as proof that they are emotionally and psychologically incapable of accepting the responsibilities of driving, and should be banned for life (after serving prison terms) from driving or riding in private passenger vehicles - in other words, walk or take public transportation from now on.


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