Mountain View Voice

News - December 10, 2010

Crime brief

Man beaten, robbed

Three men, one of whom carried a gun, beat and robbed a San Francisco man at the San Antonio Caltrain station on Thursday night, Dec. 2, police said.

The 32-year-old victim was walking to catch a northbound train at about 8:50 p.m. when he was initially approached by two men who demanded his laptop, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Jaime Garrett.

Even though one of the assailants displayed his gun to the victim, he did not give up his laptop, Garrett said. There was a struggle as the robbers attempted to pull the man's computer away from him. During the scuffle, a third thief appeared, and all three men beat the man with their fists, hitting him in the face multiple times, she said.

After the three men pried the laptop away from the victim they fled the scene on foot, she said. The San Francisco man only got a look at two of his attackers, describing them as black males in their 20s, wearing black clothing.

Garrett encouraged anyone who comes in contact with an armed would-be robber to comply with demands.

"Your personal safety is the most important thing," she said. "If a robber has a gun, we want to make sure you make it out of the situation."

Witnesses may give information to the police anonymously at 650-903-6344.

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