Palo Alto man arrested for hate crime after violently attacking two people, a police dog

PALO ALTO, CA (KGO) – A man has been arrested after a violent hate crime allegedly assaulted two victims in downtown Palo Alto over the weekend, police said.

At about 1:32 a.m. on Sunday, police responded to the University Street and Waverley Street area after news of a fight between two men. When the officers arrived, they found two victims, a man in his 60s, a woman in his 20s, and a suspect in his 20s. Police said the victim temporarily lost consciousness, while the victim did not suffer any injuries. The suspect immediately fled on foot.

The initial investigation revealed that the suspect and the victim were acquaintances and were at a downtown bar and house party with mutual friends that night. The victim left the house with the male victim and another man, both of whom she recognized as gay. Police said the suspect followed the three on foot and constantly called the two men to label homophobia. When they arrived at University Avenue on Waverley Street, the men separated from the female victim, while the suspect remained with her despite being told to leave her alone.

When the suspect refused and proceeded to say rude things to her, the male victim returned and told the suspect to leave the woman alone. Police said the suspect then punched the man several times while continuing to make anti-gay nicknames. The suspect also threw the woman to the ground when she tried to intervene.

When the officers arrived, the suspect fled on foot, before being caught hiding in a stairwell in an apartment complex at 400 blocks of Everett Street, about two blocks away.

The officers tried to negotiate with the suspect but he did not comply, and when a police dog was brought in, the suspect repeatedly kicked the dog trying to strangle him. The dog bit the suspect in the leg and the suspect was arrested without further incident.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Alexandre-Joseph Fourier from Palo Alto, was treated for a wound to his leg before being transferred to custody. The police dog had a cut above one of its eyes and might have a paw.

Fourier was transferred to the Santa Clara County Jail for felony battery, felony hate crime, felony assault and resisting arrest.

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