Mountain View Voice

News - May 13, 2011

Crime briefs

Teen fights officer

A teenage girl was punched by her arresting officer Monday after she took the officer's baton and struck him repeatedly with it, according to police, according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

The incident, which occurred at Quetzal House — a local home for runaway girls — began with an altercation between two of the shelter's residents at about 8:15 p.m. on May 9.

Two girls at Quetzal House had gotten into a fight, Wylie said, and one of them ran away afterward. Staff at the shelter reported the fight to police and the officer was attempting to conduct interviews in the hopes of tracking down the girl who fled.

However, the other teen involved in the fight, a 16-year-old Quetzal House resident, kept "butting in" while the officer was attempting to talk to staff, Wylie said.

"She was impeding his ability to conduct an investigation," and the officer, after repeated requests and orders for the teen to stop, attempted to put the girl in handcuffs.

The teen fought back violently, Wylie said, and at one point was able to take the officer's baton from him. She started to strike the officer in the body with the baton. She then raised the night stick over her head and tried to bring it down on the officer's head, but he was able to block the blow with his forearm and punch the girl in the face with his other hand.

Wylie said that the officer had tried other means of subduing the teenager and only used force because he feared "a potentially fatal blow" from the baton. The girl wielding the baton is a little taller than 5 feet and weighs about 250 pounds, Wylie said.

After the officer punched the girl, she dropped the baton and he took her into custody without any more trouble.

The girl was treated at the hospital for a broken nose and then booked into Juvenile Hall on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, Wylie said. Mountain View police are asking that the district attorney also charge the teen with assault on an officer and removing an officer's weapon.

The other girl involved in the fight returned to Quetzal House on her own and is no longer considered a runaway.

The officer suffered from a laceration and abrasion on his hand. His bullet-proof vest likely protected him from further bruising to his torso, Wylie speculated.

Bleeding man found

Police found a man bleeding from a "large laceration" on the back of his head, lying down on the steps of an apartment complex at 316 Escuela Ave. on May 7.

According to Mountain View Police Department spokeswoman Liz Wylie, authorities believe he was involved in a fight nearby and struck in the head with some sort of blunt object.

The victim, a 39-year-old Mountain View man, was "in and out of consciousness" as he was transported to the hospital, Wylie said.

Because of his condition and later because of the painkillers he was given, police were unsuccessful in interviewing him, Wylie said.

Wylie said it is believed that an altercation occurred near the corner of Escuela Avenue and California Street, where a police dog found fresh blood.

The police are looking for witnesses, Wylie said. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Mountain View Police Department at 903-6395. All callers may remain anonymous.

Indecent exposure

A 55-year-old transient man was arrested and charged with indecent exposure on May 5 outside of the Rite Aid on Grant Road in Mountain View, police said.

The man, identified as John Clark, was observed exposing himself and touching himself inside the Rite Aid at about 2:50 p.m., said police spokeswoman Jaime Garrett. The witness told police that the man continued the act after leaving the store.

The victim called police to report the crime and Clark was arrested.

Home burglary

A Mountain View family recently returned from vacation to find their home had been broken into, police said.

The family, that lives in the 400 block of Franklin Street, left on a vacation April 29; when they returned home on May 3 they found that a side door to their home had been pried open. Cabinets were left open and various items were moved around and not where the family had left them before going on vacation, according to Jaime Garrett, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

Garrett said the family isn't sure what, if anything, was stolen.

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