Mountain View Voice

News - November 5, 2010

Crime briefs

Robbery at Theuerkauf

A Mountain View teen was beaten and robbed in the early hours of Halloween at Theuerkauf Elementary School, police said.

The 17-year-old was going to meet with some friends on the school grounds on Saturday night at about midnight, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

When the victim arrived at the school he encountered three young men, Wylie said. The young men hit the victim multiple times and demanded his wallet, which he gave them. The 17-year-old lost $20 in the robbery and suffered minor injuries.

He declined medical attention, Wylie said.

—Nick Veronin

Cop dodges car

Local police are looking for a man they say attempted to hit an officer with his car on Castro Street. The driver fled the scene, ran multiple red lights and eventually crashed into a Sunnyvale home before escaping on foot.

The incident began Oct. 30 at about 11:40 p.m., when an officer spotted the man allegedly drinking from a bottle of tequila while in the driver's seat of a silver Mercedes, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

As the officer was interviewing the man outside of the car, parked in the 200 block of Castro Street, the man "decided he didn't want to cooperate," Wylie said. He got back into the car and took off, aiming his car at the officer as he fled.

Wylie said the man was clearly attempting to hit the officer, who managed to jump out of the way and avoid injury.

The officer followed the fleeing car until losing sight of it in Sunnyvale, Wylie said. Shortly thereafter, Sunnyvale police received a 911 call reporting that a silver Mercedes had crashed into a garage in the 1000 block of Carson Drive. Police found a loaded .38-caliber revolver under the driver's seat of the vehicle.

Sunnyvale police dogs and a San Jose police helicopter searched for the suspect but could not locate him, Wylie said.

Wylie described the man as about 6 feet tall, in his 30s and weighing more than 200 pounds. She asked anyone with information on the case to call Mountain View police at (650) 903-6344. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

The suspect faces multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and evading a police officer.

—Nick Veronin

Apartment burglary

Jewelry was stolen from an apartment in the 1900 block of Latham Street sometime between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

The burglar or burglars entered through an unlocked bedroom window, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

The jewelry was estimated to be worth about $500, Wylie said.

—Nick Veronin

Bank robbery

A man walked into a Mountain View bank on Friday and demanded money from a teller. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and walked out, police said.

The robber, described as a 20-something black male, walked into the California Bank & Trust, located at 700 W. El Camino Real, at about 2:17 p.m. on Oct. 29 and told the teller to give him the money, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

Wylie said she could not go into detail about what the man said to the teller, but did say that the man did not brandish a weapon of any kind.

The man was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a black cap at the time of the robber, Wylie said. He was described as tall with a medium build.

—Nick Veronin

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