A man who allegedly punched a woman in the face and stabbed a Good Samaritan April 2 at Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto has been arrested.
Tofia Kavapalu Jr., 28, of East Palo Alto, who is 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs 224 pounds, allegedly punched a woman in the face and then stabbed a Menlo Park man in the chest after he attempted to assist the woman that Saturday night.
The attack took place at around 10 p.m. outside of the Pizza My Heart restaurant on University Avenue and Emerson Street, Palo Alto police Lt. Scott Wong said.
According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, Kavapalu's girlfriend was arrested for drunk driving shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday (April 9). A police officer recognized Kavapalu when he entered the Mountain View Police Department at 1000 Villa St. to pick up his girlfriend, Wylie said. As Kavapalu and his girlfriend were getting ready to leave the police station around 4 a.m., police detained him and officers from Palo Alto arrived to arrest him on a $100,000 warrant.
He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and battery, Wong said.