Mountain View police used their Taser guns on two young women early Saturday morning on Castro Street after officers were unable to break up a fight between them.
Police received a call at around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 18 that a fight had broken out at the Monte Carlo Club on Castro Street, according to spokesperson Liz Wylie. She said three male officers responded and were able to calm down an "unruly" crowd that had gathered outside the club.
They then noticed that a group of men had formed a circle around two women fighting on the corner of Castro and Villa streets. However, "When they tried to get into the ring, they were hindered by the men," Wylie said.
The officers eventually did reach the fighters, but had a hard time breaking up the fight as the two women had grips on each others' hair, Wylie said. In order to the stop the fight, the officers used their Taser guns on the two women, identified as Erika Santana, 22, and Karla Jacob, 21, both from Oakland.
"Officers can get hurt from women too," Wylie said. "We train officers in the academy to not underestimate women. We don't play favorites."
Per Police Department policy, after being hit with the Tasers, the two suspects were taken to the hospital to be evaluated. Both were cleared at El Camino Hospital, though they had suffered minor injuries and abrasions from the fight. Both have been charged with disturbing the peace and obstructing a police officer.
Wylie said police do not know why the fight started, and that they've encountered "zero people who were willing to be witnesses."