Mountain View Voice

News - January 29, 2010

Police: Would-be burglars tried to run down cop

Men fleeing Rite Aid in getaway car missed officer by 'about a foot,' police say

by Kelsey Mesher

Police say a group of men tried to run over a police officer in their getaway car after attempting to steal liquor from a Mountain View Rite Aide store Monday evening. Officers have arrested one suspect, but are still tracking down five others.

At approximately 7:21 p.m., police received a call from employees at the Rite Aide store at 1040 Grant Rd. claiming that a group of five men had gone "into the store and back into the stock room and started putting the booze down their pants and in their pockets," according to police spokesperson Liz Wylie.

Wylie said an officer, who was in the neighborhood, responded to the call, and "As the suspects are exiting the store they see the officer approaching." The men then "run back inside and start ditching the liquor bottles."

The five men then split up, Wylie said, and one exited the main door while the others headed back through the stock room. The officer followed the main group though the store yelling "stop" and identifying himself as a police officer, she said.

Wylie said the four suspects exited through the stock room and jumped in a waiting vehicle, described as a large light-colored sport utility vehicle. A sixth suspect was reportedly driving the getaway car.

"They basically slam on the gas and the officer estimated they were going 40 miles per hour," Wylie said. The car sped directly toward the officer on the wrong side of the road, she said.

"He had to jump out of the way," she said, and "the SUV missed him by about a foot, and then they kept going."

Soon after, the suspect who had broken off from the group was found at a nearby Shell gas station, Wylie said. Rite Aide employees identified him and he was arrested.

"We detained him; he gave us a false identity," she said. "He was arrested under this false identity for assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, and ultimately also (giving) false information to police officers."

After fingerprinting the suspect, they discovered his real name to be Richard McGregory, 37, from Oakland. McGregory had two warrants out for his arrest totaling $15,500, from Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. Both warrants were for traffic-related incidents, Wylie said.

The remaining five suspects are still at large. They are described as black male adults wearing blue jeans and dark clothing.

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