'They had the wrong guy'

DA drops attempted robbery charges against accused bike thief

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office has dropped some of the charges initially filed against a Sunnyvale man who was accused of trying to steal a bike by force two months ago in downtown Mountain View.

"They had the wrong guy," Thomas Salciccia said, referring to his client, Craig Jordan, who was arrested April 14 on suspicion of attempted robbery and making criminal threats.

Those two charges have been dropped, according to Cindy Hendrickson, deputy district attorney with Santa Clara County. Two drug-related charges stuck.

"If I have a reasonable doubt, then I won't take a case to trial," Hendrickson explained of her decision to drop the charges. After taking all the evidence into consideration in the case, and despite her belief that "there certainly was probable cause to believe he did it," she felt that it would have been difficult to convince a jury of Jordan's guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt."

"There was an abundance of evidence to indicate Jordan was responsible for the robbery," Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman with the Mountain View police, said. "So we arrested him."

Wylie said that Jordan met the description of the thief, as reported by the victim -- the 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 day of the crime.

Salciccia insisted that the probable cause police claim to have had in arresting his client was flimsy and prejudicial. "They found somebody that had a record and they just assumed it was him."

Jordan was shown on security footage entering the CVS drug store at 850 California Street shortly after the attack occurred (around 10 minutes after) -- proof that it couldn't have been him, Salciccia said. "He didn't have enough time to go from the station to where he was filmed."

Jordan suffers from a condition that makes it very difficult for him to run, his lawyer continued, he was supposed to be at work within 11 minutes of the time he was apprehended, and, on top of all that, "he owns two bikes." Why would he steal a bike, Salciccia argued, if he already owned two?

While the attempted robbery and criminal threats charges were dropped, Jordan pleaded no contest to drug possession for a small amount of methamphetamine he had on him at the time of arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia, Hendrickson said. He was sentenced to 60 days in county jail and placed on probation.


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Posted by crime stopper
a resident of North Whisman
on May 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Does this mean that the police believe there is still a violent bike thief on the loose near downtown Mountain View? Have there been any more thefts or attacks in that area?

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I thought the victim of the theft had identified him.

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Posted by ANNOYED
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I read your article and I can't help but be upset. This "Liz" is really starting to irritate me. She is trying to cover her you know what since she released FALSE INFORMATION to you originally about Craig holding a black bag in the CVS video. I would appreciate it if you would PLEASE STATE THIS in your article. They are still trying to make it sound as if he could have done this. CRAIG JORDAN WAS STILL ON LIGHTRAIL AT 11:10am! Did they mention this to you? Your article is trying to raise more questions and controversy rather than get the truth out there and clear Craig's name. It sounds to me that the MVPD is a bit upset with themselves that they focused all their energy and attention on the WRONG GUY and let the real attacker get away. Now the poor victim and his bike are probably still in danger. I was in court for the prelim and I heard all of the WITNESSES being questioned, and it's my understanding that NONE of the witnesses said Craig was the attacker. In fact, the witness who was the closest to the incident was FOR SURE that CRAIG WAS NOT THE ATTACKER. Only the victim "identified him" (from many feet away) after being bashed in the head. So why doesnt this police spokesperson mention any of the witnesses descriptions of the attacker? Why is it that all they keep mentioning is how the VICTIM identified Craig?? Obviously the victims memory wasnt that hot after being bashed in the head a few times. They need to state ALL THE FACTS and quit with their "There was an abundance of evidence to indicate Jordan was responsible for the robbery," crap. The fact of the matter is, it was NOT Craig. Period! So get over yourselves and let's TALK THE TRUTH! Justice was not served for the victim in this case - and now THERE IS STILL A VIOLENT ATTACKER AND BIKE THIEF OUT THERE!

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 26, 2012 at 12:49 am

All of those caps, and meth involved. The victim identified him. How interesting is this. Let's all see the CVS video.

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a resident of another community
on May 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

HAHAHAA!! Whatever. Obviously "Old Ben" has no clue what he's talking about. The "victim" couldn't remember crap when he was on the stand... "It was too long ago to remember" were his EXACT words many times. The whole case was bogus. The guy wanted to blame somebody for his bike ALMOST being stolen so he "identified" the first person the police found. If you werent there to hear the FACTS then you really shouldn't have an opinion. Craig is legally blind without glasses... the attacker - not wearing glasses. They had no case because they had the WRONG GUY. And that's that. And the reason for the caps is to get the POINT ACROSS TO YOU IGNORANT READERS THAT LOOOOVE TO PASS JUDGEMENT BECAUSE A PERSON HAD A "SMALL AMOUNT" OF METH ON THEM. NICE TO KNOW YOU LED A COMPLETELY PERFECT AND FAULT FREE LIFE. HAAAAAA!! GROW UP AND GET YOUR MIND RIGHT.

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Posted by Mr. DePortum
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm

They need to start Inquisition sessions again, that always gets the truth out of them.

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Posted by reginald king
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I believe it! I also believe they should get O.J. Simpson to track down the REAL bike theif

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Posted by yeahbuddy
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I can feel the race wars coming on...

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Posted by Confused
a resident of another community
on May 29, 2012 at 10:02 am

I have followed this case closely as a concerned patron of Mtn. View. It seems that the MVPD did not do a good job capturing the guy that tried to steal the bike and "bashed" the victim. There were 2 witnesses brought into court and both said that it was NOT the person being charged. They both said that person was small and lean, didn't wear glasses and was carrying a black bag. Craig is 6', not lean, wears glasses and was carrying a white CVS bag when he was apprehended. The victim was the only one that said Craig was the person that did it however he couldn't remember anything else about what happened. Craig having a small amount of drugs on him didn't help his situation and made it easier for the police to take him in on this charge but now they have left the real thief out there to steal and attack again. The news paper needs to get this story right and stop bashing Craig or others in this type of situation. If incorrect information is printed it not only leads the public to thinking they are safe when no one has been caught and the person (in this case Craig) slandered. I really hope the police are working on finding the guy who did this so no one else is hurt and I hope this paper and others will think about what they write a little more in the future. If it was you that was in this situation how would you feel?

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Posted by Yeah Yeah Yeah
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

Sure...the police did not do a good job. And, of course, Liz is the worst.

The police in Mtn View are doing a great job. They are not perfect. If they did NOT arrest someone they felt did the guys would scream and shout.

Complain complain complain

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