A Chechnyan man who allegedly struck a 13-year-old boy with a bat last month after a night of mailbox bashing in Portola Valley – and then crashed his own SUV while fleeing cops – wanted to make something very clear before he was handcuffed.
“This has nothing to do with Boston,” 21-year-old Alexander Dombovic reportedly stated to sheriff’s deputies in a Russian accent as they ordered him, guns drawn, out of his vehicle April 26.
The bizarre series of events unfolded at about 10:10 p.m., when a teenager was reading in his bedroom while his parents slept and heard a car come down the driveway of their home, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Without waking his parents, Wagstaffe said, the boy went outside and saw Dombovic rummaging through his father’s SUV in the driveway.
The boy asked Dombovic what he was doing, and the Russian allegedly responded by attacking the boy with a bat, which caused only bruising. He then drove off in his SUV, Wagstaffe said.
Soon after, San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies reportedly saw Dombovic driving at them on the wrong side of the road without headlights, and had to swerve to avoid him. A chase ensued, Wagstaffe said, and ended with Dombovic losing control and crashing into a ravine.
According to prosecutors, 129 pieces of stolen mail from 18 victims were found in his car. Deputies linked him to five smashed mailboxes in the area, Wagstaffe said.
Dombovic is currently out of custody after posting a $50,000 bail bond and is being represented by a public defender. He is scheduled to appear fo a preliminary hearing this morning.