A Mountain View plainclothes police detective found himself perfectly placed to stop a crime Tuesday, May 11, when he witnessed a roadside altercation between a young Palo Alto man and his female companion.
The detective was driving past the intersection of Castro Street and West El Camino Real at 3:05 pm when he saw Palo Alto resident Alex Dejong, 18, arguing with a juvenile female companion on the sidewalk, Mountain View Police Department spokesman Steve McCoy said.
As the detective watched, Dejong grabbed his companion by the throat and pulled her toward him as if to kiss her, McCoy said. The victim quickly broke free from Dejong's grasp and began to cross El Camino Real, he said.
Dejong followed the victim and tried to grab her as she walked away, McCoy said. The detective, who had parked his car by this point, called for backup and walked into the street to separate the arguing couple, he said.
Mountain View police officers eventually arrested Dejong on suspicion of domestic battery and booked him into the San Jose main jail, McCoy said.
The female victim did not require any medical attention, he said.