Altercation in Palo Alto sparks attack on two

Man attempts to run down person with vehicle and is arrested on multiple charges

A Menlo Park man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman and another man outside a Palo Alto home on Monroe Drive on Monday afternoon, Palo Alto police said.

Zachary Bilal Edward Lewis, 22, allegedly punched the Palo Alto woman in the face during an altercation and struck a man in the front yard of a home on Monroe Drive at about 2:24 p.m., police Sgt. Patty Lum said.

Lewis broke the woman's cell phone during the argument. He jumped into his truck and allegedly tried to run the man down as he fled the scene. A police officer stopped his truck on Forest Avenue after spotting him near the police station, Lum said.

He was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose on three felonies: domestic violence, assault and assault with a deadly weapon; and for destroying a wireless device, which is a misdemeanor.

Lum said the male victim had a minor laceration and the woman also had minor injuries but drove herself to the hospital.


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Posted by Ronnie
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Any indication of what the fight was about? Sounds to me like this wasn't really a random act of violence, but maybe the parties had some prior "beef" with each other.

Still glad the guy was caught.

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Posted by domestic violence
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Charges include felony domestic violence. We probably don't need to know the rest.

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Posted by dave
a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I wish the police would be stringent on who hangs out in the parks. There seems to be alot of drinking in these parks as well.

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Posted by Two cents
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Dave,I think you can expect to see less officers on the street than in years past based on the fact their staffing has been cut and their vacant positions have ben freezed meaning they can't fill those spots. Basically, there will be fewer officers to patrol parks or any other part of the city than in years past.

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Posted by furious
a resident of Monroe Park
on Jul 26, 2012 at 6:15 am

Yes the piece of crap is very lucky he was caught. I wish I could have been there and taken that punch for my baby sister. Oh what I would give to have a moment with him just a few words. Domestic violence is no joke. But u never realize just how serious it can be until it happens to someone so dear to you. Please keep her in ur prayers. Thank u. And if u are affiliated with Zack in anyway. Leave our family alone and its best that u keep him far away. Preferably. Behind bars for life please.

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