Mountain View Voice

For the Record - January 7, 2011

Crime briefs

Stick-'em-up robbery at porn shop

A man held up an adult video and book store on El Camino Real on Dec. 30, threatening the clerk with what he claimed was a gun concealed in his jacket pocket, police said.

The robber entered VCO Adult Videos at about 8:40 p.m. on Thursday and handed the 20-year-old clerk a note demanding cash, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said. The suspect is described as in his mid-30s, white, more than 6-feet tall and weighing more than 200 pounds. He wore light-colored jeans and a tan hooded jacket.

After taking the note back, the man verbally demanded money and displayed a bulge in his jacket pocket, Wylie said. It was never determined if the man actually had a weapon. The clerk gave the robber money and he fled out the front door. No one was injured.

Detectives are examining video surveillance from the store, Wylie said.

—Nick Veronin

Septuagenarian robbed at Walmart

Two men snatched $350 from a 70-year-old Walmart customer's hand as he shopped on New Year's Eve at around 3:30 p.m., police said.

According to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, two men approached the victim and one wrested the cash out of his hand, then they both fled from the store.

The two men were described as Hispanic, Wylie said. One was in his mid-40s, stood about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed about 180 pounds with gray hair and wearing a brown sweatshirt. The other was about 40 years old, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighed around 140 pounds and was wearing a black sweatshirt.

Walmart is currently searching through its surveillance footage to aid the police investigation, Wylie said.

—Nick Veronin

Teen stabbed in altercation

A local 18-year-old was stabbed Dec. 30, during an afternoon altercation with two other males, police said.

Last Thursday, at around 3:40 p.m., a witness called police and reported seeing two males chasing two other males in the 2000 block of San Ramon Avenue, police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

When Mountain View police arrived on the scene they found the 18-year-old stabbing victim, who was having difficulty breathing, on account of a single stab wound to the back, Wylie said. While police were at the scene, the victim's 15-year-old brother showed up and told police he had also been involved in the incident. The boy had a small cut on his lip.

Both teens were uncooperative with police questioning, Wylie said, but the younger of the two told investigators that two males had attacked him and his brother. One of them had a knife, according to the 15-year-old.

The witness who originally called police told officers on the scene that the two assailants both appeared to be male Hispanic teenagers — one skinny and the other chubby. The skinny teen wore a white T-shirt and gray shorts. The larger teen stood at about 5 feet, 8 inches and wore a multi-colored T-shirt.

The victim of the stabbing was transported to a local hospital, Wylie said. His condition was considered serious, but he is expected to live. Police are unsure yet whether the incident was gang-related.

—Nick Veronin

Man hurls statuettes

Police arrested a man on the morning of Jan. 3 following a complaint that he was throwing objects at a construction crew working in the apartment complex located at 333 Escuela Ave.

According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, the apartment manager called the authorities around 9:50 a.m. after the construction crew's foreman told him that one of laborers was nearly hit by a small statuette, which the man allegedly hurled down at the workers from an upper floor.

When police arrived they arrested James Maneatis, 28, for being under the influence of a controlled substance, Wylie said. Police officers believed the substance to be methamphetamine.

Wylie said police do not know why the man decided to throw the objects -- at least two statuettes, one fashioned into a black ram, the other a golden eagle.

The construction worker, a 26-year-old man from San Jose, was not injured.

—Nick Veronin

Thief swipes deadbolt

Nothing but the electronic deadbolt appears to have been stolen from a bank-owned property located at 177 Fairchild Ave., after someone kicked down the door sometime between Dec. 11 and Dec. 31, police said.

The property broken into was a unit in a condominium complex that was empty at the time of the burglary, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. Nothing appeared to have been tampered with inside the unit.

Electronic deadbolts are commonly used by banks and real estate agents to secure unoccupied property. The lock is estimated to be worth about $250, Wylie said.

—Nick Veronin

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