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Fight leaves one man injured, another jailed

Incident occurred on Olive Avenue in Palo Alto

A fight between two men on Friday night, Feb. 26, in Palo Alto left one man seriously injured and landed another in jail, according to a police department press release.

At around 8:30 p.m., the police department's 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a man, later identified as the suspect, 64-year-old Steven Edward Garrett, reporting a fight that had occurred on the 200 block of Olive Avenue. When police officers got to the scene, they found a man in his 60s with his face covered in blood lying down in his vehicle.

Police said Garrett and the victim were living in their vehicles on Olive Avenue. The two allegedly got into a verbal argument over the cleanliness of the street, which turned into a physical fight, police said. The victim sustained broken bones and cuts to his face and what appeared to be a stab wound on his forearm, according to police. Garrett had small cuts on his hands. A small folding knife was recovered from Garrett's vehicle, police said.

Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Garrett, of Mountain View, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for felony battery causing serious bodily injury.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm

A city wide parking permit program would cure us of the ills associated with the car camping problem, and avoid the legal ambiguities that killed the last fix. The city council screwed it up last time, so let's hope they can get it right soon.

21 people like this
Posted by Jonathan Brown
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm

When is Palo Alto going to step up and realize that allowing people to live in vehicles is not a humane solution to anyone's problems? City leaders, before more blood is shed, now is your chance to prove Ventura neighborhood cynics wrong by stepping up with a real solution. We citizens stand by ready to assist.

Posted by neighbor
a resident of Meadow Park

on Mar 1, 2016 at 8:48 am

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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Lots of Homeless living in Vans around that area, the City Does NOT enforce the Law.
Many times we have called trying to have the eyesores removed to no avail.
Right in front of the Equinox gym there are three or four vans, some parked right on El Camino Yet nothing is done..

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Posted by BP Res
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm

You can bet if those vans were in Professorville or even Midtown something would be done. Palo Alto is in the Stone Age when it comes to views on class.

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Posted by Commenter
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 1, 2016 at 1:26 pm

To Gus L:
Actually, there are dozens of them parking along El Camino ...

Plus, several of them on Park Blvd and all the streets around.
I think some time ago i saw dozens more of them in a side street next to Target in MV - is it still Palo Alto property?

13 people like this
Posted by DT North
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm

And then there is the other live-in parking area, El Camino Real. Now that Football season is over they don't even have to move every couple of weeks. And in front of the opportunity center / town and country there is a delivery van type car that is burned out and has been on the street for a while (it was moved and re-appeared, I'm not sure how people can drive it) And how about the guy who writes foul/ vulgar things all over his mini RV. My young girls pass it on the way to school every day, they can read but thankfully not understand.... I just cringe thinking about how I will explain when they ask what some of those phrases mean. Yes, free speech, I get it but do we really need to look at that every day?? Rich or poor, nobody needs them parked in front of their house every day. I am not heartless towards the poor, but I don't think that turning our neighborhoods into semi-homeless shelters is a fair solution. I'd rather allocate tax money towards something viable for everybody.

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Posted by Commenter
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 1, 2016 at 1:28 pm

I agree with the opinions saying that if the vans tried to park in the "fancy" areas of Palo Alto, they would be booted out immediately.

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Posted by Fed up resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 1, 2016 at 3:08 pm

All of Palo Alto should be posted for two-hour parking only. Residents should be given free permits to park all day or night or to loan to workers for maintenance or home services only.
Businesses must solve and pay for their own parking problems with garages,underground parking or other creative solutions. They chose to locate in PA when they knew there was inadequate parking.

10 people like this
Posted by Cate
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Vechicle dwelling is unsanitary (lack of bathroom facilities) and unsafe (here we have an example of a man that commits Felony acts of violence and neighbor's had no way of knowing he was living on their street). No matter the neighborhood, all you can do is call the Abandoned Vechicle Hotline 650-329-2258. They will tag the car and tow it after three days. The streets with two hour parking appear to be free of car dwellers. Calling as soon as you recognize the car dwellers can get them tagged and their days counting for removal. I agree with the mom regarding the RV with disgustingly inapprpriate writing-it should be consider a crime to write such vulgarities and park on a city street. Clearly a mentally disturbed person lives in that RV permanent parked across from a high school.

40 people like this
Posted by Helpless
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

@ Cate
You are lucky that the vehicles are towed three days after ticketing them.

A colleagues lives in a residential neighborhood near Fry's where the dirty junk vans park and camp constantly, and sometimes obstruct the traffic. They park there for weeks and months at a time, without moving.

He reported them via online form to the City and the response he received was basically that the City is helpless and when they want to tow the vehicles, no one [no towing company] is willing to do it!!

1 person likes this
Posted by The Truth
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 1, 2016 at 8:06 pm

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Posted by Question
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Mar 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm

All you who want to boot the homeless out of PA, you do realize that you are for making homelessness a unique weird state of human existence? It is not a crime to be homeless but it would not be allowed either. The only way of living those people would have would be to be driving all the time, not sleeping at night.

That is not solving the problem, is it? Well, for you only. Keep sticking your head in the sand ...

31 people like this
Posted by Really?
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 2, 2016 at 3:08 pm


Have them park in front of your house for weeks/months/years - we'll see how you'll feel.

14 people like this
Posted by Unbelievable!
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm

I am visitor in Palo Alto and was STUNNED to learn that, in essence, one can just get a small trailer or a van, and live for FREE in famous Palo Alto, especially if you can take a shower in a gym or one's employer company has one!

2 people like this
Posted by schools
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 3, 2016 at 9:53 pm

To unbelievable: not only can you live free in Palo Alto for the cost of a small trailer, your kids can attend PAUSD for free as well. We have the pro bono Stanford lawyers to thank for our open door policy.

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