Family wants alleged attacker freed

The family of a Foster City man who authorities say struck his father on the head with a hammer want him freed, according to San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Jayantibhai Patel, 57, is being held on $500,000 bail and will return to court Nov. 8 to enter a plea to charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse in connection with the Oct. 6 incident. Patel’s father and other relatives showed up to court Monday in the hopes that a judge would lower Patel’s bail. The judge denied the request, Wagstaffe said.

Prosecutors say Patel wanted to return to India but his paralyzed 81-year-old father did not. Patel wanted to put his father in a rest home, but mistakenly believed the elderly man needed to be hospitalized in order to be admitted, Wagstaffe said. The older man is expected to recover.

REDWOOD CITY

Woman receives five-year sentence for stabbing officer

A 37-year-old Oakland woman was sentenced Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court to five years in prison after stabbing a correctional officer with a pencil during an escape attempt from the Redwood City women’s jail in February. Michelle Denise Robinson had been in custody for robbing a Daly City Chevron gas station at gunpoint with a toy gun in January, later claiming she was “high on crack and low on sleep,” Superior Court Judge John Grandsaert said Tuesday morning.

The gas station clerk thought the gun was real and Robinson made off with $1,500, according to Deputy District Attorney Sarah Boxer.

On Feb. 4 at the Women’s Correctional Center, Robison attackedSan Mateo County sheriff’s Deputy Samia Khoury as she was being taken back to her cell from the facility’s shower area, according to Boxer.

Romantic rival pleads not guilty in murder case

A man accused of killing a romantic rival in Redwood City two weeks after the victim’s wedding pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges Tuesday.

Samuel Blackmon, 45, will face a jury trial Dec. 10. He is being held on $2 million bail in the shooting death of his lover’s new husband in July of last year. Blackmon, who has a prior conviction for rape, faces life in prison if convicted.

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