Police revealed the weapons used in the violent stabbing attack that killed a 55-year-old man over the weekend: a bicycle and a patio chair.
The victim died of his injuries at the hospital a day after being attacked in downtown Mountain View on Nov. 4, according to police. As of Wednesday, his name had not been released, pending notification of his relatives, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner and Coroner's office.
The suspect, identified by police as Jan Neal of Marin County, is being held in Santa Clara County jail without bail.
Although the victim was stabbed, he was not attacked with a knife, said police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. The suspect allegedly attacked the victim with a bike and one of the metal patio chairs in the courtyard, Nelson told the Voice on Wednesday.
The attack occurred around 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard in front of the the Center for Performing Arts at 500 Castro St., where a performance was in progress. Officers received reports of a fight, and said that the 43-year-old suspect was still attacking the victim when they arrived. The suspect refused to obey commands by police to stop, according to a statement by the Mountain View Police Department.
Witnesses told police they saw the suspect punch and kick the victim's head while he was unconscious on the ground, and that the suspect picked up a mountain bike over his head and slammed it against the victim's head and torso, according to a statement of facts released by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
Witnesses, who later identified Neal as the aggressor, say he repeated this several times with a bicycle, a metal chair and a metal table, according to the documents.
When the first police officer arrived on the scene, a struggle ensued with the suspect, who allegedly tried to grab the officer's holster and handgun in an attempt to disarm him, the document said.
During the altercation with police, officers used a wooden baton and eventually a Taser in an attempt to control the suspect, but they were ineffective, police said. The statement of facts reported that Neal, after being struck by a baton and while the Taser's current was still running, seemed unaffected and "appeared to bite at" the victim's neck.
The victim was severely injured and was given emergency first aid treatment before being transported to Stanford Hospital, where he initially was listed as being in serious but stable condition.
The suspect was taken to El Camino Hospital for treatment before he was taken to Santa Clara County jail.
Neal received national news coverage in 1993 when he was struck by a drunken driver while competing in an international bicycle race in Mexico. Aged 18 at the time, Neal suffered a broken collarbone and serious bone fractures, according to news reports at the time.
Police are still investigating what caused the fight, and could not say whether the suspect and the victim knew each other. Neal is facing charges including murder, obstructing or resisting a police officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer, according to the statement.
This is the first homicide reported in Mountain View since 2014, when someone shot and killed a 38-year-old man backstage at a Wiz Khalifa show at Shoreline Amphitheatre.
Anyone who may have witnessed the fight or who has information that would assist the homicide investigation is asked to contact Det. Dan Garcia at 650-903-6624.