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


Subject :

Police Arrest Suspect for Violent Assault of Pedestrian
Contact : Craig Lee, Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413

Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested an 18-year-old man for violently assaulting and stabbing a pedestrian on Friday night.  The elderly victim sustained major injuries and remains hospitalized.

On Friday, July 31, 2020 at about 7:07 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a medical call reporting a man down with a head wound near the intersection of Lytton Avenue and Seneca Street.  Arriving officers found the victim, a male in his 80s, conscious but bleeding from multiple facial injuries.  A witness said he had seen a teenager running from the scene.  At the same time, two women (subsequently identified as family members of the suspect) arrived on scene and frantically told officers they were looking for their teenage relative.  Their relative (the suspect) had just called them, said he needed a ride, and had shared his GPS location with them via smart phone.

The ensuing investigation, which included a review of surveillance footage from homes near the crime scene, led to the identification of the suspect as 18-year-old Andrew McMenomy-Cortez of East Palo Alto.  Police took him into custody without incident at his home in the 400 block of Garden Street at about 8:23 p.m.  The victim had been walking on the sidewalk when it appears the suspect approached him and struck up a conversation.  The victim and suspect walked together for a time before the assault occurred.  The motive for the attack is unknown; the victim was not missing any property, so robbery is not a likely motive.

Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment.  The victim sustained major wounds to his face and neck, including several stab wounds.  He remains hospitalized.

Police booked the suspect into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse, both felony crimes.  His booking photo is attached to this release.

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