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Mistaken ID in bike robbery arrest?

Man's family say police nabbed the wrong guy; police disagree

The family of a man accused of attempted robbery are insisting that Mountain View police arrested the wrong guy.

Craig Jordan, a 31-year-old Sunnyvale resident, was arrested April 14 and accused of attempting to steal a bike from outside Red Rock Coffee, police said.

In an email sent to the Voice Jordan's sister, Tiffany, wrote: "The MVPD did not do their job and verify the facts."

Mountain View police arrested Jordan as he was "hiding" between the Center for the Performing Arts and the Mountain View Library, according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman with the MVPD.

Wylie said that Jordan met the description of the thief, as reported by the victim -- a Red Rock employee who was punched twice in the face and hit over the head with a bag that contained a heavy object when he attempted to stop his bike from being stolen at about 11:10 a.m.

The victim held on to his bike and the thief let go, Wylie said, but not before he threatened to come back and harm the victim. Then he ran into the parking lot behind Red Rock, Wylie said.

Police say Jordan was in possession of drugs, Wylie said. He was arrested on charges of attempted robbery, making criminal threats, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a methamphetamine pipe and resisting arrest.

The victim suffered cuts, scratches and welts on his face and head, said Wylie.

According to Jordan's sister, the accused Sunnyvale man had nothing to do with the crime.

"Never did the police verify that (Craig) worked on Castro (Street) and had reason to be walking the route he was, nor did they check the receipt in his pocket that places him at CVS prior to when the police stopped him," she wrote.

She said her brother has been "fighting a methamphetamine addiction for many years, but has been trying to turn his life around."

Wylie responded that the time on the CVS receipt was around 10 minutes later than the time of the robbery. In the drugstore's security footage, Jordan can clearly be seen entering the store with a black bag of similar shape and size as the one the victim said he was hit in the head with, Wylie said.

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Posted by mn_test347
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

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Dear Tiffany -

"Wylie responded that the time on the CVS receipt was around 10 minutes later than the time of the robbery. In the drugstore's security footage, Jordan can clearly be seen entering the store with a black bag of similar shape and size as the one the victim said he was hit in the head with, Wylie said."

Maybe you shouldn't have mentioned the CVS receipt. Get a lawyer before opening your mouth again.



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Posted by Bikes2work
a resident of The Crossings
on Apr 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

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Should be easy enough to find some fingerprints on the bike that was almost stolen. Go CSI Mountain View!


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Posted by PeaceLove
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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Wha, wha, WHA? This article makes no sense. You present the whole situation as a "he said, she said" issue then you casually drop in what seems to be 100% exculpatory evidence in the very end? Shouldn't the headline, i.e. isn't the NEWS story here, be that police now admit they have evidence proving the guy they nabbed is completely innocent?

If the story is accurate, the police should issue a public apology to Mr. Jordan. That will help to clear the man's name on The Google and elsewhere.

If the story is not accurate, please follow-up!


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Posted by Bikes2work
a resident of The Crossings
on Apr 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

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PeaceLove, your post makes no sense. The evidence makes it appear the suspect ran to CVS right after he sacked the victim. It is just a short distance away and the suspect was presumably running. Either way, the suspect has a drug problem and at least that can be dealt with now.


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