Attempted homicide thwarted by malfunctioning gun

Man injured during confrontation with intruder

Mountain View police are asking for the public's help in an attempted homicide Sunday that left a man injured.

An man entered a home in the 800 block of N. Rengstorff Avenue early Sunday morning, Oct. 20, pointed a handgun at a man living in the residence and pulled the trigger twice, according to a representative for the Mountain View Police Department. The gun malfunctioned and did not fire.

The gunman then pistol-whipped the victim and fled with another adult member of the household -- a woman -- who accompanied him voluntarily, according to Shino Tanaka, public information officer with the MVPD. The man called 911 shortly after the incident, at 4:10 a.m. He suffered only minor injuries and declined to be taken to the hospital.

According to Tanaka, nothing was stolen during the incident and police don't believe that the gunman intended to steal anything. It seems the gunman and the woman he left with knew each other.

The case is still under investigation and police are not releasing more information at this time.

Tanaka asked that anyone with information get in touch with the MVPD. Tips may be submitted anonymously either by calling 650-903-6395 or sending a text message to 274637 on a mobile phone. When texting, tipsters should begin their message with the keyword "MVTips" -- all one word -- and then provide a brief description of no more than 160 characters. Tanaka said it will be helpful if tipsters identify the case by using the case number, 5946.

Check back with the Voice for more information as it becomes available.


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Posted by member
a resident of another community
on Oct 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Seems like it would be pretty easy to connect the dots. Not sure why they need the public's help to solve this crime.

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Posted by Richard
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Oct 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Yah, I agree with the above comment.
How's about one "what if", just to play the game though.
What if they really didn't want to kill the guy, but wanted to make sure he didn't come after them out of fear. They could have used an empty gun to scare him and make him feel like he lucked out, not wanting nothing to do with her after that. Long shot, but interesting thought.

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Posted by meth is a drug
a resident of Bailey Park
on Oct 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I think if you pull the trigger twice to scare somebody, it's not gonna work because you're just gonna get an angry ball of adrenaline coming at you.

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Posted by Anh
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

Imagine that police catches the guy who supposedly pulled the trigger. Imagine that this guy tells the police that he never had a gun and victim is lying. That is probably why police is trying to get more information.

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Posted by member
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

The police are asking for the public's help but they aren't releasing a description of any of the parties involved? It sounds to me like the target knows damn well who the attacker was but he isn't talking.

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Posted by hmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Isn't the 800 N. Rengstorrf were the Taqueria La Bamba is?

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Posted by sparty
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

When seconds count the police are only minutes away.


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