At approximately 7:30 p.m., Menlo Park and Palo Alto police received information of a possible large group of individuals heading toward the Stanford Shopping Center to loot businesses. As officers responded to the area to conduct highly visible spot checks and patrols, a vehicle was observed running a red light at a high rate of speed, westbound on Ravenswood Avenue at Laurel Street in Menlo Park. The driver was contacted and told officers that he was hurrying to his home in Antioch because his mom was there and could not breathe. Officers observed that his GPS was giving him directions to the Stanford Mall. Additionally, officers observed clothing in the vehicle with security tags still attached. A records check of the driver found him to be on parole.
A search of the vehicle by officers located a large amount of stolen clothing, as well as a stolen cash register in the trunk. As officers attempted to secure the driver in handcuffs, he resisted arrest, broke free from officers and fled on foot. A perimeter was immediately established with the assistance of officers from Palo Alto, Stanford Sheriffs, Atherton, East Palo Alto, Redwood City and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 9 p.m., the driver was located and apprehended by a Police K-9.
Driver Lamar Fontenot, a 23-year-old male from Antioch, was arrested and booked into San Mateo County jail for Possession of Stolen Property (496 PC), Conspiracy (182(a)(1) PC), Resisting Arrest (148(a)(1) PC) and a Parole violation hold.
Passenger Jeremiah Thomas, an 18-year-old from Suisun City, was arrested and booked into San Mateo County jail for Possession of Stolen Property (496 PC) and Conspiracy (182(a)(1) PC).
It appears that the stolen property was taken during a looting incident in Walnut Creek earlier in the evening.
The Police Department asks anyone who might have information regarding this case and/or who witnessed this incident, to call police at 650-330-6300 or the anonymous tip hotline at 650- 330-6395.