Mountain View Voice

News - February 6, 2009

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Stabbings follow nights at local club

A 25-year-old Salinas man is not cooperating with police after being stabbed in the back during a brawl in front of the Monte Carlo night club late last Friday, police reported.

After a possibly alcohol-fueled fight in front of the club at 228 Castro St., police arrived to find that most participants had fled. None of the witnesses interviewed said they saw the actual stabbing.

The victim was found a short distance away, however, and was taken to a hospital where he was treated for several days. He has refused to give police any leads in the case.

Police also found the knife used and are checking it for fingerprints.

Police said a second stabbing also originated at Monte Carlo last weekend after a man found a cell phone there on Sunday night. When the owner and two other suspects came to pick up the phone at his San Jose home, they allegedly stabbed the victim. The three suspects have been arrested. Mountain View police believe the incidents are probably unrelated.

Man collides with police car

Police say a 21-year-old man from New Zealand will survive after being hit by a police car late Sunday night on Castro Street, causing significant lacerations.

While the incident is still under investigation, initial reports from police indicate that the man jumped right in front of the police car as it drove down Castro Street near Mercy Street at 1:30 a.m. Police say the man was "extremely intoxicated."

The man, who came from New Zealand a month ago, suffered severe lacerations to his leg which required surgery, and he remained in the hospital as of press time. The officer was not injured.

Mass burglary at Americana

About 160 storage lockers were broken into at the Americana apartment complex on Jan. 27 and 28, police said, creating lots of work for investigators as they try to contact all the victims.

The outdoor carport lockers for five large apartment buildings at 707 Continental Circle had their padlocks cut or pried off, and the thieves made off with laundry detergent, tools and other items.

— Daniel DeBolt

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