Teen who punched teacher now facing gang allegations

A preliminary hearing for a San Mateo teen who is charged with punching a Woodside High School teacher in the face in November was continued today after the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office added a special allegation of gang affiliation.

Lamarr Timmons, 19, is being charged with felony assault after he allegedly knocked out two teeth of a teacher who was trying to break up a fight among a group of teenagers.

In court today, Deputy District Attorney Josh Stauffer presented the defense with 271 pages of information relating to the new gang affiliation charges. Timmons is being represented by the private defender program, which requested that the preliminary hearing be postponed so that they could review the material.

Judge Stephen Hall granted the continuance and set a new preliminary hearing date for Feb. 8.

Timmons was arrested for allegedly punching the teacher in the Nov. 5 attack near Woodside High School, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

The incident reportedly happened just after school let out. The teacher, whose name is being withheld for his safety, was walking home from school and came upon a group of teenagers arguing in the area of Alameda De Las Pulgas and Hull Avenue, authorities said.

The teacher attempted to calm the situation but was allegedly punched in the mouth by the suspect. He lost two teeth in the attack and required oral surgery to repair the injury, according to the sheriff's office.

A two-month investigation involving numerous interviews with witnesses and cooperation from the Woodside High School community led to Timmons' arrest.

Timmons was already in custody at the Maguire Correctional Facility on unrelated charges when he was charged with the crime, according to sheriff's deputies. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

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