REDWOOD CITY -- Several people helped out early Sunday after a teen girl was clubbed with a wrench and robbed while walking to her boyfriend's house.

First, there was the good Samaritan who chased off the robber on Middlefield Road near Main Street around 2:40 a.m. Then came the good Samaritan who drove the 17-year-old victim to the hospital, where she required several staples to close the wounds in her scalp, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Finally, there was the helpful robbery suspect who called police to turn himself in not long after the attack. A short time later police went to 26-year-old Anthony Laurentino's home and arrested him, Wagstaffe said. It wasn't immediately clear why he called police on himself.

Laurentino pleaded not guilty Monday in San Mateo County Superior Court to armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, both felonies, Wagstaffe said. He's behind bars in lieu of $50,000 bail.

While help was apparently plentiful after the attack, it was likely of limited consolation to the 17-year-old victim. She told police she noticed a man behind her as she walked and then saw him smiling at her when she turned around. Moments later she felt three sharp blows to the head and fell to the ground.

She then looked up and saw the suspect holding a socket wrench, Wagstaffe. She tried to hand over her cell phone, but the robber said he wanted cash. It was only after this happened that the first good Samaritan come to her aide.


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Laurentino is due back in court June 21.

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