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San Mateo, CA Police Department
Monday May 23rd, 2022 :: 08:51 a.m. PDT

Advisory

SMPD Arrests Bus Stop Homicide Suspect

MEDIA RELEASE / COMMUNITY ALERT
For Immediate Release No. 20220523-026
Monday, May 23, 2022

SMPD Arrests Bus Stop Homicide Suspect

San Mateo, CA – The San Mateo Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau worked persistently to identify, to locate, and to arrest one suspect, Ricardo Bibbs, a 56-year-old transient, in connection with a fatal stabbing on May 14, 2022 at a SamTrans bus stop. 

On Saturday, May 14, 2022, at approximately 6:48 a.m., San Mateo Police Department patrol officers were dispatched to the SamTrans bus stop located at 11 West Hillsdale Boulevard on the report of a man slumped over a bench. Upon arrival, officers located a 48-year-old male, identified as Tedrick Towns, unresponsive with a pool of blood underneath him. Tragically, Towns succumbed to his injury and was pronounced dead on scene. 

SMPD detectives immediately initiated a homicide investigation. Officers and detectives canvased the area for surveillance cameras and searched for witnesses to develop essential investigative leads. SMPD detectives learned that the stabbing was not a random attack; Towns and Bibbs were known to each other. On May 14, 2022 sometime after 1:40 a.m., Towns and Bibbs had an argument at the bus stop, which resulted in Bibbs stabbing Towns. Several hours later, a community member waiting for the bus observed Towns and called 911. 

Through staunch tenacity and determination, SMPD detectives conducted a round-the-clock investigation and were able to identify Bibbs as a suspect promptly.  On May 16, 2022 at approximately 3:45 p.m., with the assistance from the Redwood City Police Department, SMPD arrested Bibbs in Redwood City, CA. Bibbs was a parolee-at-large, had an outstanding warrant, and failed to register as a sex offender. Additionally, Bibbs has two previous convictions for stabbing a person. He has a 2020 conviction for stabbing a person at a bus stop and a 2013 conviction for stabbing another occupant in a vehicle.

SMPD detectives are actively working this investigation. No tip is too small in this case. If you were driving in the area, have an in-car camera, or saw anything out of the ordinary, please contact the police immediately at (650) 522-7700. Anyone with information or security footage related to this incident, is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Paul Pak at (650) 522-7660 or [email protected].

Anonymous tips can be submitted to https://tinyurl.com/SMPDTips or by calling (650) 522-7676. 

Remember, “If you see something, say something.” We are encouraging our community to utilize security cameras. They are especially helpful in identifying suspicious activity in neighborhoods when cameras are street facing. Our officers regularly canvass for surveillance and you can help us by notifying SMPD where cameras are located in your neighborhood at www.cityofsanmateo.org/Nest.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available. 

ARRESTED
Ricardo Bibbs, a 56-year-old transient
Charges: Homicide (187 PC), Being armed in the commission of a felony (12022(b)(1) PC), Assault with a deadly weapon (245(a)(1) PC)

MEDIA CONTACT
Alison Gilmore
Public Information Officer | Office of the Chief
City of San Mateo Police Department
200 Franklin Pkwy, San Mateo, CA 94403
650-522-7626 | [email protected]
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200 Franklin Pkwy
San Mateo, CA 94403

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