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Palo Alto kidnap case called 'very violent'

Original post made on May 28, 2010

The kidnap and rape of a woman who had parked her car on El Camino Real in Palo Alto last Saturday (May 22) is being described by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office as particularly violent and brutal.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 28, 2010, 5:32 PM

Comments (23)

Posted by too graphic, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Did you really have to print such a graphic description of this crime? I'm sure the victim would like a little privacy right now.

Posted by Tim, a resident of Downtown North
on May 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm

"They're treating him like an animal," she said........

Ummmm. Weeelllllll...ummmmm..........

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on May 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Time to bring back the Little Lindbergh Law. Warren was an idiot.

Posted by Glad, a resident of South of Midtown
on May 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Glad they printed it after all the ignorant comments on the prior article

Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on May 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Kind of makes one wonder what this creep has been up to with the rest of his useless life?

It is really upsetting to hear about people like this, and very sad and tragic for those who they run into.


Posted by Gerald, a resident of Atherton
on May 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm

It's fairly obvious where this man learned his life's lessons, it's too bad they can't arrest his mother too.

Posted by ..., a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm

very hurts my heart to know this woman went through this.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 28, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I hope the victim didn't read this not very well written story. I am glad about its graphic content because it's a stark, important reminder of why this person is being charged with all these particular counts. It's a gruesome crime, truly evil and heinous.

Now I have some banal questions: If he's such a good father, what was he doing out in the middle of the night? Why wasn't he home w/all of his kids? Did he just happen to be walking by, saw the woman sleeping in an expensive vehicle and decided to rob her, carjack her vehicle and rape her? Of course not - answering my own question - he planned it, on some level, and he may have committed other crimes besides the DUI, working his way up to it. Do DUI perps have anything kept on file for later DNA comparison?

I'm glad at least this guy had a DNA profile so that he was matched and arrested. How can his family be in denial about the DNA outcome ?

Posted by M, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 29, 2010 at 3:04 am

How does someone commit all those crimes and is only looking at a 50 years to life sentence? It should be two life terms.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Ohlone School
on May 29, 2010 at 9:15 am

M -- 50 to life is actually a long, indeterminate sentence. First degree murder is 25 to life, and most inmates sentenced to 25 to life are doing more than 25 actual years under the current parole board.

Relatives always support the accused. It is a natural and almost instinctual reaction, despite what we might think WE would do in that situation. Relatives cannot mentally process the thought that their son/brother/friend etc. could have done this, and therefore they feel righteous in standing up for the accused.

Thank goodness for the state's DNA database.

Posted by mas citizen, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on May 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Good work for PD. Now his mother is a pierce of work as well ! She is claiming police brutality, but about the victim ? What about her
brutal beating, that's ok ! Her son I am sure fell while trying to out run the cops, so thats where the scratches came from ! If he is such a good father, how come so many kids with different mothers ?
Is he paying child support or are we as a society ? So please don't tell me he is a good father !! He deserves the maxium sentence, then he will become someone else's girl friend !

Posted by Blair, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Mr. Blanks' family is so quick to point out the alleged injustice he received at the hands of the police, while seemingly ignoring the horrific crime of which he has been accused of. Some nerve. I am willing to reserve judgment on Mr. Blanks until the justice system has been played out. I urge Mr. Blanks' family to do the same, and show some respect for the victim in this case regardless of the outcome.

Posted by wow, a resident of Esther Clark Park
on May 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm

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Posted by anhy, a resident of College Terrace
on May 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm

police are not supposed to beat someone. they often lie about ''suspects'' they lied about other non white people who can testify that there was no evidence a ''crime'' happened. just a cops ''word''. black people, it is time to put and end to this. this is what the civil rights era said, in the streets, march to palo alto from all around the world. put it on the map .it is time, just like in arizona, time for life!

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on May 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

People do not, voluntarily, submit to police custody when they know it means loss of freedom. They fight until the possibility of escaping is exhausted.

Posted by ugjtcjfvb, a resident of Barron Park
on May 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm

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Posted by Ed, a resident of South of Midtown
on May 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm

How does his mother know everything, this guy deserves everything he got and everything he is going to get.

Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on May 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Bravo to the police who were obviously facing an extremely violent criminal. And it is not Blanks who deserves our concern, but the victim.

Posted by Truth be told, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm

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Posted by Ugand, a resident of Barron Park
on May 29, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Whites allowed repression of black spirit so it has to come out somewhere. It is universal law. Stop harassing blacks the world will adjust. It may be too late anyway. The oil cannot be stopped

Posted by Blair, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 29, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Ugand, enough with the excuses, rationalizing, and pointing fingers. If this man is guilty of this crime, he has no one to blame but himself. People making excuses for others simply perpetuates their behavior. There is a human expectation to be law-abiding, respectful of other people and their property, value education, exhibit a strong ethic, and reject the negative temptations (ie: substance abuse, drugs, and gangs). There is no justification for what you suggest.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on May 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Ugand, it isn't Black Spirit, it is Black under-culture. Whites have the equivalent, Skinheads, and Germans have their Halbstarks. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by Chrisc, a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Chrisc is a registered user.

I am in awe of the amazing and quick police work that enabled their speedy arrest of this guy. It gives me a lot of faith in our beleaguered and understaffed police department. My thanks to them.

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