In August 2017, a residential robbery and sexual assault occurred on the 1000 block of Ringwood Avenue. The suspect, forced entry into a home, robbed and sexually assaulted the 65-year-old victim. The victim was able to escape and notified the Menlo Park Police Department. Officers arrived within minutes of the call and located the suspect on the Ringwood pedestrian overcrossing. A police K9 was deployed to apprehend the suspect but in an effort to escape, the suspect jumped 30 feet onto the roadway below, suffering incapacitating injuries and was taken into custody.
The suspect, who was identified as Lamar Dekari Stevens, a 36-year-old male resident of San Jose, was subsequently booked into the San Mateo County Jail on numerous felony charges.
On October 5, 2021, a jury found Defendant Stevens guilty of 14 felony counts relating to the burglary and sexual assault of the 65-year-old victim in Menlo Park in 2017. https://da.smcgov.org/blog/2021-10-05/people-v-lamar-dekari-stevens
During the trial, several current and former Menlo Park Police Officers testified about their roles in investigating this criminal act which lead to the suspect being brought to justice.
“The Menlo Park Police Department is grateful to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office for their dogged pursuit of justice in this heinous crime. I am extraordinarily proud of all the MPPD personnel who contributed to the successful outcome of this jury trial as are the rest of our department members. Our primary goal is the peace and safety of our public, and when crimes such as these occur we are dedicated to ensuring that those responsible are held accountable for their reprehensible actions.” – Menlo Park Police Chief Dave Norris