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Police Arrest Los Gatos Man For Alleged Teen Assault

Thad Ryan Richey was taken into custody Oct. 10 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats and child abuse.

have arrested a 31-year-old man they believe assaulted a local teenager so bad that he landed in the hospital.

The incident is said to have occurred the evening of Oct. 7, at about 8 p.m., when the youth, accompanied by other teenagers, accidentally knocked on a residence on Oak Hill Way near Jackson Street and the man, identified as Thad Ryan Richey, answered the door with a pistol and proceeded to strike the youth on the back of the head with it.

The injury was serious enough that authorities transported the youth to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for treatment, according to Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Sgt. Kerry Harris. The boy is said to have suffered a contusion and a laceration to the back of his head.

Two days after the alleged attack, however, officers apprehended Richey the morning of Oct. 10 after doing surveillance work at several places he frequented. He was taken into custody without incident at the Westfield Valley Fair Mall in San Jose, Harris said.

Police say the night of the alleged assault, they received a report that a man was running near a group of teenagers, up Jackson Street from Oak Hill Way and had a pistol in his hand.

They then got another call, this one believed to be from the injured youth, who said the man, described as Caucasian, was chasing him with a gun.

Police arrived on the scene and found the teenagers, all boys, and one reported that the man had struck him in the head with a pistol, Harris said.

The teens indicated that they had gone to the home and knocked on the door mistakenly, believing it was the home of a friend. When the suspect came out, he was carrying a pistol, with which he struck the youth on the head and subsequently chased them, Harris indicated.

The area was searched, but the man was not located.

One of the teens identified the residence from which the suspect had come out of, and police attempted to make contact with him there.

The suspect had left the residence prior to the arrival of police, but officers identified him as Richey, a resident at the address. 

Detectives were called out that evening to assist patrol personnel in continuing the investigation, and in locating Richey. 

That investigation proceeded through the weekend, which included surveillances of various locations where Richey was known to frequent, and the obtaining of a search warrant for Richey and his residence.

The morning of Oct. 10, surveillance units observed Richey enter a vehicle from a residence in Morgan Hill with a female and a small child. They were followed to Valley Fair Mall in San Jose, where the Richey was contacted and taken into custody without incident, Harris said.

The search warrant was executed at Richey’s residence on Oak Hill Way and two firearms were recovered as evidence.

Richey declined to speak to police, and was booked at Santa Clara County Jail, charged with assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats and child abuse.

Anyone with information about Richey or the investigation may contact Los Gatos Monte Sereno Detective Corporal Mike Melton at 408-827-3235.

Ellen Simon Pifer October 20, 2011 at 02:24 PM
This is really scary. Could have been any of our teens walking around town looking for a friend's house. I will pass along to Fisher and LGHS administration and encourage them to share with all the students. Thanks for writing this.
AR October 20, 2011 at 05:05 PM
we had a group of teens going through our neighborhood knocking on doors and ringing doorbells the same night and running away, i watched them bang on a few doors and run away. i yelled at them and they scrammed. had i grabbed one of them i would have told them that kicking the wrong door late at night can have consequences. what this guy did was completely out of line, i'm glad they caught him. that said, given what i saw in our neighborhood the same night, i wonder if this was really an accident or an otherwise harmless prank gone very wrong.
Brad Hayden October 21, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Why are people always surprised when these things happen? This could have ended so much worse. I agree with Ellen that this is really scary stuff. But, I also agree with AR. Being a child once, and more than a little mischievous, we did a lot of this exact kind of stuff. The youngsters excuse for ringing the doorbell is a little weak. As a kid, I knew where all my friends lived, exactly which house it was having been there many times. Its not a mistake you can make very easily. I do not condone Mr. Richey's actions in any shape or form. As a rule one should never need to lay a hand on anyone, and it goes double for children, self defense not withstanding. I also have a sense of humor and have been known to have pulled a prank or two. And it should be known that sometimes, pranks backfire, especially those that are not well thought out. And when they do, they can have catastrophic consequences. So remember kiddies, what you think is good clean fun, most adults find completely annoying and sometimes, the guy on the other end of the prank is not having a good day, his life totally sucks and you're providing him the perfect excuse to take it out on you. Some things are just not worth the price.
Karin Nelson October 27, 2011 at 09:51 PM
YES ELLEN IT IS A SCARY EVENT. NOT EXPECTED IN OUR TOWN. WHAT ALSO BOTHERED ME WAS THE COMMENTS THAT THIS SHOULD IN SOMEWAY NOT SURPRISE US BECAUSE, IF THESE BOYS WERE DING DONG DITCHING, THEY WERE ANNOYING? HMMMM
Karin Nelson October 27, 2011 at 11:16 PM
the boys involved here are good boys. they are 14 yr old boys who are not involved with drugs gangs or other illegal things. they are normal 14 yr. old boys and something like this should be met with outrage-
wicked princess January 29, 2013 at 04:42 PM
i have known thad richey for many years and can say with unabashed clarity that he is an asshole. being straightedge, he believes he is better than others and he often bragged about beating up people leaving bars late at night in los gatos. personally, i hope he goes to jail land his shitty tattoo business goes down the toilet. asshole.
Mike Hawk February 14, 2013 at 07:46 PM
At least they learned not to ding dong ditch anymore.
Mike Hawk February 14, 2013 at 07:48 PM
At least they learned not to ding dong ditch anymore.
Karin Nelson November 02, 2013 at 01:00 PM
well Mike hopefully he learned not to attack citizens with a gun because they bothered him.

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