Palo Alto man arrested for alleged threats


A Palo Alto man was arrested in Mountain View near the Safeway on San Antonio road last week after he reportedly threatened to harm someone, and later returned to the same area where police arrested him.

The victim, 21-year-old Mountain View man, was walking in a crosswalk at 645 San Antonio Road just before midnight on May 7 when the suspect, identified by police as 33-year-old Thomas Simpkins, drove through the crosswalk close to the man and threatened to harm him, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department. The suspect drove off and the Mountain View man called police.

When officers arrived, Simpkins returned to the area and was arrested by police for the threats, as well as additional charges when police searched the vehicle and found an open container and controlled substances, Jaeger said.

Simpkins was arrested on charges of making terrorist threats, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and possession of controlled substances and booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

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7 people like this
Posted by The drug you drink
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

I'm sooo surprised alcohol was involved.
Drug drinkers can be unpredictable. Avoid them if you can.

3 people like this
Posted by Midtowner
a resident of Midtown
on May 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

This story seems a bit incomplete. Is it known if the man in the crosswalk was a stranger to the assailant or someone he knew?

5 people like this
Posted by Roger
a resident of Evergreen Park
on May 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

Incomplete, wow!
Doesn't matter his actions are reprehensible.

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