Argument at Town & Country ends in stabbing

Police report that an argument between an older stepfather and his 21-year-old stepson ends in bloodshed

An argument between a 62-year-old stepfather and 21-year-old stepson ended in the stepfather being stabbed several times with a penknife about 8 p.m. Wednesday at Palo Alto's Town & Country Village shopping center, police reported today (Sept. 23).

The stepson, Aaron Dennis Womack of East Palo Alto, called 911 to report the stabbing, Lt. Sandra Brown said. The stepfather was stabbed in the chest and neck with a four-inch blade, Brown said. He was taken to Stanford Hospital where he underwent surgery and is currently recovering, Brown said.

Womack was arrested and booked into San Jose Main Jail on a charge of attempted murder, Brown said.

Brown had no details on what the argument was about.

-- Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by Palo Alto bigot
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 23, 2010 at 9:17 am

The Mercury News headline for this story was simply "Person Stabbed at Palo Alto's Town and Country". I hate to admit it, but my first thought was that it must have involved homeless folks from the Opportunity Center nearby.

Sad to see prejudices come up when you think you are "liberal" and tolerant. Anyway, I'm glad that Palo Alto Online had a clearer headline for their story.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 23, 2010 at 10:08 am

Palo Alto Bigot, your assumption wasn't too wacky given the nearness of the Opportunity Center & some homeless people are violent. Also, most stabbings involving family members don't happen in public, but in the home, so again, your assumption wasn't illogical. People who stab others in public aren't usually related.

Hey, my immediate assumption when I read the headline was a gang thing w/people from EPA or rival areas, but it wasn't, even though they were from EPA, so I was partially correct. At least the guy called the police and the victim is recovering. How truly, truly awful.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 23, 2010 at 10:42 am

Unbelievable. The Opportunity center never crossed my mind, but illegal immigrant and EPA did. I don't think people can help getting these impressions, but jumping to conclusions and landing on them are two different things.

How rotten that someone has to live in a family where people stab each other with pen-knives.

The kind of crime we have seen lately reflects the amount of pressure and stress on people that the people who manage things are just unconcerned about.

These people need some kind of help of this will inundate more and more communities over time.

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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

Since the 21 year old was the one who phoned in to 911, it does sound like he just "lost his head" (full moon last night was a very intense one) and remorse had already set in.

"Step" relationships can be intense. So sorry for both of them.

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm

The harvest moon last night was amazing! Not to mention the super bright Jupiter next to it. Beautiful sky last night, just beautiful.


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Posted by lisa bear
a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Wow! My 1st thought would have been I hope the stepdad is ok. This is my uncle and he almost didn't make it! Thank God!.. Get your mind right!

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2010 at 9:05 pm

What's a pen-knife? The size of a paring knife? Glad to hear the victim has pulled through.

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Posted by real dude
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 24, 2010 at 12:36 am

sorry i grew up with aaron and i havent seen him in like 3 years but when i did see him he was doing really bad i felt bad for the kid.. his parents were on drugs he lived ina drug ring i hated seein someone my age goin through that we were about 17-18 very very smart kid it sucks everyone now know him as a attemted murderer... FREE AAron man straight up i wish i can help a person like him real talk if i had money i wouldve i been knoin him since 3rd grade and his parents never changed for the good..

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Posted by Observer
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 27, 2010 at 11:09 am

Thank you all for a thought provoking thread that is not the usual for PA online. I'm hoping for the best for this family and for this young man, who may be facing challenges we can't imagine.

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