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News - January 29, 2010

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Woman mugged while walking to work

A Mountain View woman talking on her cell phone while walking to work Monday morning was attacked by a man who slapped her and took the phone, police reported.

At approximately 8:40 a.m., the man approached the 49-year-old woman as she walked to work near Jewell Place and Rengstorff Avenue, according to spokesperson Liz Wylie. She said the victim was talking on her cell phone when the man grabbed her by the shoulders, shook her, and then slapped her twice across the face. He then grabbed the cell phone from her hands and took off on foot.

Wylie said a witness who had seen the incident called police "because they thought it was domestic violence." The woman also called police from her office, though Wylie said officers were already responding from the anonymous tip.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30s, 5-foot-10 and about 150 pounds. He wore all-black clothing, including a black beanie cap.

— Kelsey Mesher

Armed robbers hit check cashing franchise

Police are looking for three men who robbed a check cashing business on El Camino Real near Dale Avenue last Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Police got a call at 10:21 a.m. after three men, one with a handgun, entered the Check Into Cash at 805 E. El Camino Real and told the two employees present to open the cash register. The employees complied and were not injured as the suspects made off with the cash. There were no other witnesses present.

Police say all three suspects had similar description: African-American males in their late teens to early 20s, slim, 5-foot-10 to over 6 feet tall, and wearing dark clothing with their faces covered.

The direction or manner in which the suspects got away is unknown.

Anonymous tips about the crime can be made to Mountain View police at (650) 903-6344.

— Daniel DeBolt

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