Menlo Park home invaded, victim assaulted

Two other attempted break-ins reported

An early-morning call led Menlo Park police to the scene of a home invasion on Sunday in the 1000 block of Windermere Avenue.

An 88-year-old man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries caused by an assault during the invasion, according to a police department press release.

Two suspects kicked open a side door in the garage and ransacked the home around 5:15 a.m. before fleeing, police said.

One suspect, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a hooded sweatshirt pulled over his face, told the victim he had a gun. The victim was knocked unconscious.

Earlier that morning, residents of homes in the 600 block of Central Avenue and the 800 block of Laurel Avenue reported someone tried to kick in their front doors as well. One homeowner described seeing a black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and approximately 20 years old, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with dark shoes.

Investigators think the incidents could be related, according to police spokeswoman Nicole Acker.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Sgt. Tim Brackett or Detective Christine Powell at 650-330-6300.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on May 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I hope that they capture these pathetic losers. Imagine the gross lack or morals that a person demonstrates when that disgusting person attacks an elderly member of the community just to steal his belongings.

What a pathetic pair of human beings. I hope that they are caught and locked up for a very long time.

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on May 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm

My sentiments exactly, Nayeli.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of Midtown
on May 25, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Really pitiful.....

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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 31, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Criminals rob those who they assume unarmed.

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