A 17-year-old girl was arrested after allegedly slashing a man with a knife after using an internet service to bring a female “escort” to his home in Menlo Park, police said.
On May 30, Menlo Park police intervened at a house in the 1100 block of Pine Street, where the man said he was cut off on the back of the head by some kind of knife by the young girl. He said she also stole money when leaving the house.
The man was treated in hospital and released.
Police were able to identify the girl, a resident of Stockton, and conducted an undercover operation in San Leandro on Thursday, June 10, which led to her arrest. She was returned to Menlo Park and placed in a juvenile detention center on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and theft.
Her name is withheld because she is a minor.
A resident emailed Menlo Park Police Chief David Norris asking why the Pine Street man was not arrested.
Norris said the girl “actively solicited prostitution through online advertising and did not describe herself as a minor in her solicitation prior to the violent assault she committed.”
“Even with this in mind, our investigative team kept a welfare-centered approach in mind, as we do with all arrests of minors. Our approach with suspects like this, where risky behavior is a factor, is always about offering them resources. In this case, we made sure to consider the minor as a possible victim of human trafficking and offered the appropriate resources after our arrest, ”Norris wrote.
The question and answer were posted on the city council’s email website CCIN, which can be viewed by the public.