News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Cyclist Struck by Fleeing Vehicle, Police Arrest Five After Search
Contact : Zach Perron, Captain, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – After fleeing from an attempted car stop by police, a carful of suspects struck and seriously injured a cyclist before leaving the scene of the collision, abandoning their car, and running into the neighborhoods.  Police ultimately located and arrested all five suspects for a variety of charges.

On Friday, March 17, 2017, at about 3:28 p.m., a patrol officer attempted to stop a black 2008 Volkswagen Touareg in the 700 block of Emerson Street for a Vehicle Code infraction.  Upon seeing the patrol car's emergency lights illuminate, the vehicle immediately fled and took a left turn on the next street to head eastbound in the 200 block of Homer Avenue (which is a one-way westbound street).  By the time the officer turned the corner, the Touareg was no longer in sight and the officer instead found a bicyclist down in the roadway.  The cyclist, a woman in her forties, had sustained major injuries after being struck by the fleeing suspect vehicle.  The officer rendered aid and summoned paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department to the scene.  Paramedics transported the cyclist to a local hospital, where she was admitted with major injuries but will survive.

About a minute later, responding officers found the suspect vehicle abandoned in the 700 block of Ramona Street.  Witnesses reported seeing several people fleeing on foot from the vehicle.  At about 3:40 p.m., officers detained two of the suspects (18-year-old Oakland resident D'Marco Aaron Hal and 18-year-old Lathrop resident Daniel Lamar Lesley) in the 300 block of Forest Avenue.  Detectives recognized Hal as one of the remaining outstanding suspects from the December burglary of the Apple Store in downtown Palo Alto, where a team of burglars drove a rented SUV through the glass store front.

Officers began an organized search of the surrounding neighborhood for the remaining suspects.  Personnel from the Stanford Department of Public Safety, the Mountain View Police Department, and the Menlo Park Police Department assisted in the search, as did two canine teams from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety and helicopters from the California Highway Patrol and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office (one replaced the other due to fuel needs).

At about 6:05 p.m., the canine teams led officers to a shed in the backyard of a residence in the 700 block of Waverley Street.  Officers found the three remaining suspects hiding inside the shed.  The three suspects (one man and two women) refused commands to surrender, and had to be taken into custody with the assistance of one of the canine teams.  The two women were treated at the scene by personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department.  Police arrested Johnquaeja Dupreshamichelle Carpenter and Johntaeja S. Carpenter, both 18 from Stockton, and 20-year-old Jonah Theallo Johnson of Oakland.  Police learned that Johnson was on active parole for robbery, and had a no-bail felony warrant for a parole violation out for his arrest.

Police booked the five suspects into the Santa Clara County Main Jail shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 18.  Their booking photos are attached to this release.  Officers determined that Johntaeja S. Carpenter was the driver of the vehicle at the time it fled from the attempted car stop and struck the cyclist; police booked her for felony hit and run, felony evading, misdemeanor prowling, and misdemeanor resisting/delaying arrest.  Police booked Johnquaeja Dupreshamichelle Carpenter and Johnson for misdemeanor prowling and misdemeanor resisting/delaying arrest (and also for his outstanding parole violation warrant).  Police booked Hal for burglary, vandalism, and participation in a street gang while committing a felony (all felonies) for his role in the December 4 Apple Store burglary, and will also be recommending that misdemeanor resisting/delaying arrest charges be filed against him.  Police booked Lesley for misdemeanor resisting/delaying arrest.

The reason the suspects fled from the attempted vehicle stop is not known; police are not aware at this time of any crimes they committed in Palo Alto prior to this incident.  Detectives are continuing to investigate the case to see if any of the suspects have a connection to any other crimes that may have occurred in Palo Alto.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to 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 or