Summit Prep Student Attempts to Sexually Assault Teacher

Police believe the intent was to commit rape.

A 19-year-old student allegedly sexually assaulted his teacher in the underground parking garage Monday night, according to .

student David Velasquez approached the 29-year-old woman with a knife, grabbed her and forced her towards her vehicle.

The victim began to struggle with the suspect and he forced her to the ground.

A witness entered the garage and yelled at the suspect after he witnessed the attack. The suspect then fled on foot.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

The suspect was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for kidnapping, assault with intent to rape, false imprisonment, and terrorist threats.

Anyone with information regarding the assault is encouraged to contact the Redwood City Police Department. Witnesses who wish to remain anonymous can call the anonymous tip line at 650-780-7110.

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Nick Shafer January 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I would have to say that this is horrible and has never happened before... I am a student at Everest (the sister school to Summit with extremely close ties) and in the entire history of the schools there has never been such an incident. This is definitely an isolated incident within the school, violence is a rare event especially in this caliber. When our teacher's told us about what happened on Monday evening, the entire room fell silent and listened, all eyes upon the speaker. For a good few minutes, we just sat there and listened, not a word. We were all shocked, a room of teenagers show are just as surprised at this as everyone else... Everest and Summit are both amazing schools, please do not let this event make you think otherwise about them. They are amazing schools, and the students there love them very much.
Stacie Chan January 26, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Nick, thank you so much for your comment. I agree that this appears to be a very isolated event. Of the times I've been to Summit for a tour, or a board meeting or the open houses, the students there are all respectful, engaged and happy to be there. There is a reason Summit was ranked one of the "Top 10 Transformative Schools in the Nation" and has received national attention for its academic rigor and success (http://redwoodcity.patch.com/articles/summit-prep-ranked-top-10-most-transformative-schools-in-nation). Most students are like Rossmeri Ramirez who won the Redwood City Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year. http://redwoodcity.patch.com/articles/high-school-youth-of-the-year-week-begins-334ad9aa I hope students are able to move on from this incident and keep focused on their education and each others' positive achievements.
peace2012 January 26, 2012 at 08:02 AM
It is very sad to hear and know about this,I go to Summit prep and I was in conplete shock when I heard about this.David was a really good friend and I can say that he was one of our closest friends..its shocking how this happens..Summit is a great school And i hope people dont see it as something else..without this school alot of people like myself wouldnt be in the right path..I have to thank Summit alot for my success..On other hands hope we can all move forward and,David is going to need support too from moving on from this big mistake..nobody is perfect and hope we can all just not pass judgment because me,and my friends knew him very well and we are still alk in shock how this happen..Hope wecan moveon from this.
Sussy Huskie February 03, 2012 at 12:27 AM
No reply, Stacie Chan? For @peace2012? Shame on you Staci. Davey does deserve a second chance. Everyone does.


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