Arrest made in strong-arm robbery

Arrest made in strong-arm robbery

There are 14 comments on the Redwood City Daily News story from Aug 19, 2008, titled Arrest made in strong-arm robbery. In it, Redwood City Daily News reports that:

An armed robbery suspect was apprehended by Palo Alto police Monday night. On Saturday, police responded to the Stanford Shopping Center at 6:10 p.m., on a report of an attempted armed robbery.
An armed robbery suspect was apprehended by Palo Alto police Monday night. <br/> <br/>On Saturday, police responded to the Stanford Shopping Center at 6:10 p.m., on a report of an attempted armed robbery. The female victim was loading packages into her car when a male subject accosted her from behind. The suspect grabbed her arm and demanded that the victim give him her wedding ring. <br/> <br/>When the victim struggled, theassailant threatened to cut the ring from her finger. He pulled a large kitchen knife from his clothes and brandished it - cutting the victim's hand during their struggle. <br/> <br/>Several other passersby heard and saw the struggle, and intervened, shouting at the man to free the victim. The suspect was frightened off, and he ran to a waiting SUV and fled from the scene. <br/> <br/>Witnesses described the suspect and the vehicle, and Palo Alto police officers conducted extensive follow-up over the weekend. They identified a suspect, and located him Monday night, in the same suspect vehicle seen on Saturday evening. <br/> <br/>Santa Clara resident Jonathan Edward Blekis, 22, was arrested without incident. <br/> <br/>Blekis is charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of attempted armed robbery. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose. <br/>

Palo Alto, CA

#1 Aug 19, 2008
he went to woodside high school. this is weird.

Redmond, WA

#2 Aug 19, 2008
did he graduated from Woodside High?

Palo Alto, CA

#3 Aug 19, 2008
yes, he graduated in 2004 and played football in hs.

San Francisco, CA

#4 Aug 19, 2008
No. This person did not attend Woodside. Bad rumor.

Redmond, WA

#5 Aug 19, 2008
u right I checked the year book and found NADA..
just stupid rumor!
Paul wrote:
No. This person did not attend Woodside. Bad rumor.

Redwood City, CA

#6 Aug 20, 2008
PA Times

Police arrest former football captain for robbery
Woodside woman attacked after shopping at Stanford Shopping Center

Palo Alto police arrested a former Woodside High School football captain Monday night who is suspected of threatening to slice a wedding ring from the finger of woman at the Stanford Shopping Center Saturday.

Jonathan Edward Blekis, 22, now of Santa Clara, was arrested Monday evening after detectives spotted the black SUV involved in the Saturday robbery on El Camino Real near California Avenue, Agent Dan Ryan said.

Blekis did not resist the arrest, Ryan said.

Shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, a Woodside woman, about 40 years old, returned to her car after shopping at Neiman Marcus at the Stanford Shopping Center.

She was confronted by a young, white man who demanded her wedding ring, Ryan said.

"He grabbed her and said 'Give me the ring,'" Ryan said.

When she refused, he threatened to cut it off and pulled out a large kitchen knife, Ryan said.

"They wrestled for a minute or so," Ryan said.

The knife cut the woman's right hand, although she was not seriously injured, he said.

Several other shoppers saw the struggle and shouted at the man, who fled in the black SUV, where a driver was waiting for him, Ryan said.

But the other shoppers described the man and wrote down the license plate, Ryan said.

Police hunted for the suspect Sunday and arrested him Monday night.

Ryan called the daylight crime "brazen" and "desperate."

He said he didn't know of other, similar attempts to steal rings using force.

It is a coincidence the suspect and victim are from Woodside, Ryan said.

Blekis has a criminal record, Ryan said.

He was also a lineman and defensive captain for the Woodside High football team that gained notoriety in 2003 when players accosted their coach by yelling obscenities when he walked into the locker room, leading the school to cancel the rest of the season.


Redwood City, CA

#7 Aug 20, 2008
Graduation 2004: Woodside High ceremonies June 18

B Madeline Jean Bachman, Patrick George Bailey, Maximiliano Baldovinos Chavez, Antonina Balsama, Bryan Robert Bance, Anthony C. Barnes, Cesar Barragan, Vanessa J. Barriga, Michael Ray Bass, Marcus Shuay-Jye Bautista, Broneil Baytkarim, Ryan Thomas Beauchamp, Lyndsey J. Besser, Elisabet Noemi Bianco, Daniel Evan Black, Brandon Michael Blair,

Jonathan Edward Blekis

Benjamin Morgan Bluett-Mills, Jacob Gorman Boegner, Victoria Daniella Boscolo, Mathew Sullivan Boyce, Joseph Clayton Boyer, Lacey Elizabeth Brisbin, Melissa Cherise Bronson, Duncan Crawford Burr, Molly Allison Butcher
Good Company


#8 Aug 20, 2008
He appears to be surrounded by good company.

Redmond, WA

#9 Aug 20, 2008
i was a fresh when he graduated, WOW!!
pick up soap pal.
What a loser

United States

#10 Aug 23, 2008
I remember the girl who used to date this guy, he definitley went to woodside and CSM too. He played football at both. This is a good example of what drugs can do to you!

Berkeley, CA

#11 May 3, 2009
yeah he went to woodside im broneil's cuzzin i would know! i can ask his mother if u want :P

United States

#12 May 3, 2009
oh shit wow wrong guy!!!!
broneil is the good guy from woodside! im trippin lol
im not this ryan idiots cousin haha

Redwood City, CA

#13 Dec 21, 2011
BRONEIL didnt rob anyone jus jerked on em
Warren G

Fremont, CA

#14 Aug 21, 2012
Good Company wrote:
He appears to be surrounded by good company.
Isnt Madaline Bachman that little ho from RWC? Nasty

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