Mountain View Voice

News - June 10, 2011

Crime briefs

Bashed with bottle

A man broke a bottle over another man's head in a Mountain View bar fight just after midnight Sunday, police said. The assailant was arrested; the victim, who was not knocked out by the blow, was taken to the hospital by a friend.

Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said the incident began at a little after 12 a.m. on June 5 at St. Stephen's Green on Castro Street. The victim, a 38-year-old Sunnyvale man, stepped in between the man and a woman who were engaged in a heated argument. "The suspect ... believed (the woman) had spilled a drink on his fiance," Wylie wrote in an email.

When the victim stepped between the man and the woman, the attacker "did not argue back, but instead immediately hit the victim over the head with a glass beer bottle," Wylie wrote. "The bottle broke and caused a 3-inch laceration to the side of the victim's head."

Several witnesses confirmed the chain of events, Wylie said. Both the man who was hit and the man accused of swinging the bottle were located outside the bar — the former in the parking lot behind St. Stephen's Green, the latter out in front.

Police arrested Jeyel Begazo, a 27-year-old Daly City man, charged him with assault with a deadly weapon and booked him into the main jail.

Pool table fracas

A pair of brothers were arrested by police in the early morning of Thursday, June 2, and charged throwing billiard balls and stools in the Alibi Bar on West El Camino Real.

According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, the melee, which involved the men allegedly throwing billiards balls and bar stools, began around 1:15 a.m., when two men began arguing over the use of the bar's pool table.

A bartender attempted to intervene, but the men swore at the bartender, Wylie said. The bartender told the men to leave the bar, and they began throwing pool balls and bar stools around the Alibi. One bar patron was hit with a stool, causing a 3-inch laceration on his head, and another was hit with a pool ball headed toward his head but that he blocked by his arm.

The men fled, but based upon descriptions given by the bartender, they were found in an alley behind the bar shortly after officers arrived. Officers arrested Bisrat Abebe, 33, and Yonathan Abebe, 28, and charged them with assault with a deadly weapon. Both men are from Mountain View.

Paramedics treated the man with the cut to his head at the bar, but both victims declined to be transported to the hospital.

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