Robber punches woman, takes purse

A woman was mugged and punched in the face early Monday morning as she walked to work, police said.

The victim, a 22-year-old from Mountain View, said she was approached from behind at about 4:55 a.m., June 13, in the 500 block of Escuela Avenue, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

Hearing the footsteps of someone running up behind her, she moved to the side, assuming the runner would pass by, Wylie said. Instead, the runner -- described as a short, skinny man, perhaps 18 to 22 years old, with a covered face -- grabbed at the woman's purse and attempted to flee.

She struggled, Wylie said, and the robber threw her to the ground and punched her once in the mouth before she let go of the purse. The man then ran south on Escuela, turned right and disappeared from the victim's view heading west on El Camino Real.

The woman ran to a nearby 7-Eleven on Latham Street, where employees called 911, Wylie said. The victim suffered from a small cut to her lip but did not want medical attention.

"Although many victims of mugging-type robberies understandably do not want to give up their belongings, it is often times not worth resisting or fighting with (robbers)," Wylie wrote in an email. "The suspect is dangerous and could be armed. The suspect could be under the influence of a drug that causes him or her to act particularly violently. It is never worth your own safety to attempt to protect your belongings."

The purse contained no money, bank cards or credit cards, Wylie said -- only her ID, a medical card, keys and other miscellaneous items.


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Posted by Ghetto
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

7-Eleven on Escuela need less to say more. Its hard to imagine that all these criminals and illegal activities happen around an elementary school!!!

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Posted by Thom
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm

The PD is quick to point out that everyone should give in to thugs but when you are in a situation you're adrenaline takes over. I've been there and felt it. I'm glad she wasn't injured more than she was but people should really aware of their surroundings. You wouldn't catch me anywhere near that intersection or the ghetto down the street.

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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Yes, when is the city and/or PD going to wake up and clean up this area near the school?

After a teacher or student is injured or killed?

Guess they don't care since it's summer

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Posted by Bear Legs
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

MVPD obviously can't handle it, but they can't be everywhere.

Aviso a street thugs and muggers-

15+1 180gr JHPs will most definitely adjust your attitude.

Choose your next victims in that barrio very carefully. VERY carefully

sabes que? si quiere jugar, tiene pagar.

trucha amigos.

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

If one would pay attention to the weekly crime report, more than likely there is a crime on Escuela. Where is the police presence? If there are constant crimes on this street, which there are, why are the police not patrolling contantly? Especailly since there is a scool in the neighborhood. Get with it MV Police.

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Posted by whocares
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm

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Posted by jupiterk
a resident of Gemello
on Jun 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Mtnview and many california towns/cities are soft on crimes. In fact they reward criminals especially if they are here illegally. The city council, mayors all want to make their cities and towns as refuge for criminals and illegals. If people don't like crime, they need throw their incumbent city council members, congressmen/women,mayor,etc..

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Posted by Lets_try_some_Empathy
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

@ whocares

"Well she had no bank card and no money so im gonna guess that she wasn't going to the early shift at her work" - really? lets work on our reading comprehension

"A woman was mugged and punched in the face early Monday morning as she walked to work, police said."

The story was about a mugging - NOT what the woman had in her purse.

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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

You can see the reported crimes overlaid on a map here: Web Link

Just enter "Mountain View, CA" in the search box and you'll see what is going on in our city. I was surprised at how evenly spread crime is.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm

The Supreme Court has ruled on a number of occasions that the police do not have a constitutional duty to protect an individual e.g. Castle Rock vs Gonzales (Web Link) and Warren vs District of Columbia (Web Link)

Self defense and self protection is up to the individual. Sadly this victim demonstrated zero situational awareness, and apparently possessed to means to effectively protect herself. In reality, even if the MVPD were required to provide her protection it is doubtful that they could have done much about this situation.

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Posted by night walking hippie
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Where was rookie cop now? Probably giving someone a ticket for slowing down, instead of coming to a complete stop on an intersection, where ther was no traffic? More than likely! You gonna earn that $300, boy!! If you live! Now that 30,000 felons have been released in CA! LOL

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Posted by whocares2
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 15, 2011 at 8:47 am

Pretty distressing comments about the victim's role. There are alot of legitement reasons someone would be walking in the early AM.
Mountain View has a crime problem, and we're all supposed to rely on the MVPD for protection. Unfortunately, they're preoccupied raising revenue by writing BS tickets instead of concentrating on activites trashing our city. Not saying they should ignore traffic laws, just prioritize their crime fighting efforts in order of importance. Staking out industrial areas for 'California stops' is NOT an appropriate use of our apparently inadequate police resources

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Posted by Sparty
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm

please, if anyone is writing "C.S." tickets (thats chicken----, friends) its Los Altos PD. Not even Palo Alto PD is that petty. I lived in Paly for 11 years, and I see more people pulled over on El Camino by LAPD in a week than I'd see in PA in six months.

And I almost never see anyone driving "crazy" or "dangerous" or even more than a few miles above the speed limit.

Since they are always trolling in apt and closed business parking lots along El Camino, we should let LAPD roll through the Triangle Diablo-- Escuela 7-11, Rengstorff 7-11, and Escuela east of California.

Unless of course, LAPD would prefer to stay on the JV squad and continue writing tickets for going 6mph over the limit and responding to noise complaints.

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Posted by CrimeStats
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Just adjust the search to violent crimes and expand the search time to the max... the trends become very clear. Along ECR, along Castro, plus the area mentioned here are trouble spots. ECR and Downtown is failry normal for business districts, but the Assaults with a deadly weapon and sexual assaults along Latham north of Escuala to Rengstorff park BEG for more patrols.

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