Mountain View Voice

News - December 3, 2010

Cops collar 15 after attack with bats, chains

Assailants are likely gang members from San Jose

by Nick Veronin

Just about two hours after a large gang attacked two men on California Street, Mountain View police announced they had arrested 12 men and three juveniles and charged them with assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon. Many were residents of San Jose.

Witnesses told police up to 15 members of the group, wielding bats, chains and metal rods, attacked the men Sunday afternoon as they were walking in the 2200 block of California Street.

The two victims, ages 18 and 25, both from Mountain View, suffered injuries that sent them to the hospital, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The 18-year-old, who was taken by ambulance to the hospital, had multiple lacerations on his head and face, a broken orbital socket and a broken hand. The 25-year-old, who fled the attack and was driven to the hospital by a relative, had a laceration on his head, a small puncture wound to the stomach and two small puncture wounds on his hand, Wylie said.

All of the suspects fled the scene, many of them in cars that which witnesses described to police, Wylie said. Police later located three cars matching witnesses' descriptions — a Lincoln Aviator, a Ford Windstar and an Acura Integra. In the Windstar, officers found a metal bar, knives, a baseball bat and a golf club; a baseball bat was found in the Integra.

"We don't know what was used and what was not used," Wylie said. Neither victim appeared to have been stabbed with a knife, she said.

"Every available officer responded, plus officers from Palo Alto," Wylie said.

The adults arrested are: Adrian Alaniz, 22; Alejandro Alaniz, 26; Jose Barajas, 20; Fredy Martinez, 22; Jose Martinez, 34; Michael Moreno, 19; Luis Oceguera, 20; Luis Urbina, 28; Jesus Vega, 24; Tomas Rodriguez, 23; Bryan Villalpando, 23; Jim Villalpando, 27. Two 14-year-olds and one 17-year-old also were arrested. All of the suspects, many of whom are residents of San Jose, were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon

Police believe the incident was gang-related but are not sure of what may have motivated the attack, Wylie said. Police have not ruled out that some suspects may have gotten away.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Mountain View Police Department at 903-6344. Callers may remain anonymous.

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