Mountain View Voice

News - January 15, 2010

News Briefs

Man with knife robs Wells Fargo

A man brandishing a knife robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on Castro Street on Monday morning before fleeing into nearby Pioneer Park, police reported.

Police received a call on the incident at 11:02 a.m., after the robber approached a teller and displayed a knife with a five-inch blade. He then fled into Pioneer Park, police say, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as Asian, just under 6 feet tall, of medium build and wearing a green jacket. He wore a hood over his head, which may have shielded his face from security cameras.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call police at (650) 903-6344. Tips can be made anonymously.

Gunmen rob cig store on El Camino

Police are looking for three armed men who robbed a Cigarette Express on Friday afternoon in front of customers.

Police received a call about the robbery at 12:47 p.m. Friday, after three masked men, two carrying semiautomatic handguns, demanded cash from the 28-year-old male clerk working in the store at 1313 W. El Camino Real next to the Alibi bar.

As two customers looked on, the clerk gave the robbers an undisclosed amount from the store's cash register and safe. No one was injured.

Police said the three suspects were described as African American, of medium build and height (the tallest was about 6 feet tall), of unknown age and dressed in dark clothing. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police at (650) 903-6344. Tips may be made anonymously.

Police: Parolee 'up to no good'

A parolee allegedly equipped for assault and burglary was taken off the street by a cop conducting a routine "bar check" on Friday night.

At 7:10 p.m. on Jan. 8, a police officer came across Mountain View man Jeffrey Bryant, 43, at the Office Bar at 820 E. El Camino Real. Bryant identified himself as someone on parole, which allowed the officer to search his backpack, said Mountain View police spokesperson Liz Wylie.

"Concealed in his backpack was an operable stun gun," Wylie said, "plus a 13-inch wooden billy club." Police also found a vial containing 2.3 grams of methamphetamine and an illegal "shaved key" commonly used to break into cars, Wylie said, as well as a police scanner and binoculars.

"He was up to no good for sure."

Bryant was charged with several counts of possession and a parole violation, and was ineligible for bail.

— Daniel DeBolt

Man injured in Calderon fire

A household in the "Avalon at Creekside" apartment complex has been displaced following a one-alarm fire last Friday that left the affected unit uninhabitable and injured one resident, the Fire Department reported.

At approximately 8:47 a.m. Friday, the Mountain View Fire Department responded to a 911 call to 151 Calderon Ave. that was placed by an apartment manager. Upon arriving, firefighters found smoke pouring out of the front door of one of the units. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, said department spokesperson Jamie Garrett.

Garrett said one resident suffered from non-life threatening burns during the fire and was transported to a local hospital. The unit affected by the fire is currently uninhabitable, she said.

— Kelsey Mesher

Fire displaces family on Hope Street

A one-alarm fire at a Mountain View home Saturday night caused an estimated $50,000 in damage, a fire department spokesperson said. The residents were home when the fire started but were able to escape without injury.

When firefighters arrived at 519 Hope St. at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, they found the home engulfed in flames, with black smoke emanating from the front of the residence and the roof.

Firefighters quickly controlled the blaze, but the home was declared uninhabitable and the residents were displaced. The roof and drywall will have to be replaced, fire spokesman Lynn Brown said.

Investigators have determined the fire was accidental, but are working to pinpoint the exact cause.

— Bay City News

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