News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

10/19/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 1019201402
Subject :

Police Arrest Man for Assaulting Roommate with Knife
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Michael Kenneth Otwell booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested a man for assaulting his roommate with a knife during an argument inside their home last week.  The victim sustained moderate injuries but has since been released from a local hospital.

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, at about 8:34 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from a man reporting he had just been assaulted with a knife by his roommate inside their home in the 400 block of Hawthorne Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers encountered the victim, a man in his forties, walking out of the house bleeding from his head.  Personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported him to a local hospital.

The investigation revealed that the two men got into an argument with one another in the kitchen.  When the argument turned physical, the suspect picked up a steak knife and began swinging it at the victim, cutting him a couple of times on the head and once in the shoulder.  The victim retreated to his room and called 9-1-1.

Officers booked the suspect, 64-year-old Michael Kenneth Otwell of Palo Alto, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon.  Otwell received injuries to his face and head from the altercation with the victim.

If you'd like to connect with the Palo Alto Police Department on social media for crime information, please visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/PAPDconnect for links to all of our digital platforms.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.





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