Three East Palo Alto residents charged with attempted murder

DA: Defendants could face seven years to life in prison if convicted

Three East Palo Alto residents were arraigned Thursday in San Mateo County Superior Court on charges related to the beating and stabbing of a man in front of his 13-year-old daughter, according to prosecutors.

The defendants, a married couple named Teresa Baez and Oscar Javier Juarez-Medrano, and a third man, Cristhian Eduardo Juarez-Medrano, are accused of attacking the man on Dec. 10 as he was leaving an apartment next to theirs on Cooley Street in East Palo Alto.

The victim was at the neighboring apartment with his daughter to baby-sit for his sister and her husband, who had gone out to a Christmas party that night, according to prosecutors.

When the sister and husband were returning later in the evening, one of the three defendants came out of his apartment and challenged the husband to a fight, prosecutors said.

The victim's sister and her husband ignored the man and went into their apartment.

When the victim and his daughter came out 15 minutes later to go home, the three defendants allegedly rushed out of their apartment to attack the man, apparently mistakenly thinking he was the man one of them had just challenged to a fight.

The trio allegedly beat the man as Baez was screaming that he had been told to leave, prosecutors said.

Cristhian Juarez-Medrano allegedly stabbed the man in the torso and head, piercing his brain.

The victim survived his wounds but could be permanently paralyzed on the right side of his body.

The three defendants were charged with attempted premeditated murder and could face seven years to life in prison if convicted, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The defendants, in jail on $10 million bail each, are expected to enter pleas at their next court appearance, on Dec. 19.


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Posted by kh
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 18, 2016 at 8:56 am

Is there a fund to assist the family of the victim? Let's pray for miracle that he is not permamnently paralyzed. Seven years in prison is not nearly enough.

Please let us know how to donate to the family of the victim. The is a massive amount of wealth in this area, let's put it do some good use.

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Posted by From Mtn View
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 19, 2016 at 11:14 am

From Mtn View is a registered user.

I already posted once asking if there is a fund for the victim, also emailed the moderator (no reply), can someone please update this story? I have not found anything further on this.

Thanks for anyone who has additional info.

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Posted by Ronnie
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 21, 2016 at 5:09 pm

Ronnie is a registered user.

I'm also interested in helping this family, I'm happy to start an online fund raiser for them. Our neighborhood is deeply touched by this and I know there are many who want to help. Please connect us with the appropriate party. Thank you, Ronnie

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Posted by menlopark2
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 25, 2016 at 4:31 am

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