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.