Passing cop stops roadside assault

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.


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Posted by nanak
a resident of Willowgate
on May 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm

In some cultures, that is how people express thier affection and love. In the facebook,twitter,blackberry,iphone age, some express their love by tweeting and sending text messages/emails even though they may be sitting right next to each other.

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Posted by The Eye
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Excellent job, detective! Way to keep an "eye out for crime"! Nicely done!

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Posted by seer
a resident of Castro City
on May 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Nanak, I think you're speaking of the Klingons from Star Trek fame!

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Posted by kampuskop
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I've always wondered why PD won't mention the officer's name. He/she should get credit for jumping in and averting a possibly dangerous situation!

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Posted by White Hatter
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Bravo Officer!!! So glad he is on our side - give him a medal!

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Posted by Wow
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I am sure that the department members know his or her name. I am sure the officer doesn't want his or her name published for privacy reason.

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Posted by John
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I am curious. Would this even be a story if a uniformed officer drove by, saw the assualt and jumped out of his patrol vehicle to assist the woman? Is this really news? Why does the police department feel a need to alert teh media about these trival dealings? More real news please.

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