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Another necklace-snatching victim comes forward

Another victim has come forward, claiming she was also robbed of jewelry by a Mountain View man arrested Aug. 6 and charged with committing a string of similar robberies, police said.

The 38-year-old woman reported the robbery after she heard about the arrest of three men that police believe worked together in a necklace-snatching spree during July and August, according to Jaime Garrett, a spokeswoman with the Mountain View Police Department.

According to Garrett, the woman was robbed while she walked on Rengstorff Avenue near California Street just a few hours before the men were arrested. She accurately described a necklace police found on Antonio Sotelo-Lozano, the 18-year-old East Palo Alto suspect charged with the robberies.

Sotelo-Lozano was apprehended after he allegedly hid in the bathroom of an apartment on Latham Street after police chased him from a car, which matched the description of a getaway vehicle used in a second necklace robbery.

Police also arrested Alexander Avalos and Miguel Zamora, both 19 and from East Palo Alto. The two men were in the car with Sotelo-Lozano when police stopped it near the scene of the later robbery. They were arrested without incident.

Garret said that an additional robbery charge has been levied against Sotelo-Lozano.

Comments

Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

I live on Escuela so this hits close to home. I'm ecstatic the MTV Police arrested these criminals, GREAT JOB!!! It was just a matter of time before a snatch and run crime like this became violent and someone gets shot, stabbed or badly hurt. Punks like this make me sick, preying on women for their jewelry. I took heed of this, and enrolled my wife and I in Krav Maga self defense.


Posted by BD, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I'm glad these guys were caught! Thank you MVPD.


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