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News - April 23, 2010

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Police: Knife-wielding boy arrested

Mountain View police say they arrested a 15-year-old boy Saturday in connection with a strong-arm robbery on Middlefield Road in which a six-inch knife was used.

The victim, a Mountain View resident, was walking down the sidewalk toward Easy Street at around 10:50 p.m. April 17 when he approached a group of three people walking toward him, said police spokesman Steve McCoy. While the other two walked by, the suspect pulled out a six-inch knife and demanded money from the victim, McCoy said.

The suspect, who has not been named by police because of his age, got away with about $50, McCoy said. The victim went home and called police, and about 10 minutes later an officer spotted the 15-year-old, chased him down and detained him, McCoy said, adding that the suspect dropped the money and knife during the foot chase.

"The suspect was initially arrested for resisting arrest, and then charged with robbery and violation of probation," McCoy said. The young suspect was wearing an ankle monitor, he said, and was on probation for assault on a police officer. He was booked into juvenile hall.

— Andrea Gemmet

EPA man arrested for allegedly shooting at cops

A man suspected of firing a gun at two police officers during a traffic stop in East Palo Alto on Tuesday was arrested early Thursday morning on Calderon Avenue in Mountain View, police said.

After four hours of negotiations with Mountain View's SWAT team, Miguel Alvarado, 20, was taken into custody without incident at about 4:30 a.m. He was found inside a Mountain View apartment at 210 Calderon Ave. where his 18-year-old girlfriend reportedly lives.

Police said Alvarado shot at two officers then fled. No one was injured.

Alvarado has reportedly been charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, carrying a loaded weapon and giving a false identity to police.

— Staff Reports

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