Mountain View Voice

News - June 17, 2011

Crime briefs

Car chase

A suspect in an attempted armed robbery at Sears in Mountain View was arrested after he flipped his car during a high-speed police chase Tuesday evening, police said.

At about 5:15 p.m. the man was stopped by security staff of the Sears at San Antonio Shopping Center, said Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. When confronted by the department store's loss prevention staff, the man allegedly pulled out a gun, then fled the store, leaving the Blu-ray player behind.

Sears security called 911 with a description of the man's vehicle — a red Cadillac — and his license plate number, Wylie said.

Soon after, officers in an unmarked Mountain View police car and a Palo Alto police car spotted a Cadillac matching the description, Wylie said. Officers attempted to stop the car, but the driver sped off on East Bayshore Road toward East Palo Alto.

During the brief chase, the Cadillac reached speeds in excess of 80 mph before flipping over for reasons that have yet to be determined.

The driver, whom Wylie identified as 42-year-old East Palo Alto resident James Daniels, was arrested and treated for an abrasion on his arm. He declined transport to the hospital.

Daniels was positively identified by Sears staff and charged with attempted armed robbery and felony evasion of police, Wylie said.

Police are still looking for the gun that Sears staff say Daniels flashed during the robbery, Wylie said.

Woman hit with pitcher

A nurse at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Jose called Mountain View police June 13 to report that a patient had been assaulted the previous night at the Monte Carlo Club, police said.

According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, the 22-year-old woman showed up at the Kaiser emergency room Monday, complaining of head pain and told hospital staff that a woman working at the club hit her in the head with some a water pitcher the night before. The victim told police that the fight began when she talked to a man. The staff member bumped into her on purpose, an argument ensued and then the she hit the victim with a pitcher.

The victim refused give any further information when police interviewed her over the phone and refused prosecution, Wylie said.

Mugger punches woman

A woman was mugged and punched in the face early Monday morning as she walked to work, police said.

The victim, a 22-year-old from Mountain View, said she was approached from behind at about 4:55 a.m., June 13, in the 500 block of Escuela Avenue, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

Hearing the footsteps of someone running up behind her, she moved aside, Wylie said. The runner — described as a short, skinny man, perhaps 18 to 22 years old, with a covered face — grabbed at the woman's purse.

She struggled, Wylie said, and the robber threw her to the ground and punched her once in the mouth before she let go of the purse. The man then ran south on Escuela.

The woman ran to a nearby 7-Eleven on Latham Street, where employees called 911, Wylie said. The victim suffered from a small cut to her lip but did not want medical attention.

No money was lost, Wylie said, just the victim's ID, keys and miscellaneous items.

Man touches himself on trail

A woman walking on the Stevens Creek Trail near Central Expressway Monday observed a man pleasuring himself behind a cluster of bushes, police said.

The woman, a 30-year-old from Mountain View, witnessed the man at around 7:20 p.m., June 13, and reported it an hour later, according to Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

Wylie said the woman did not want to report the man immediately for fear he might hear her make the call. Police combed the area after the report but found no one.

The woman described the man as white and wearing light blue jeans and a light colored shirt, Wylie said. Because the man was not actively seeking the woman's attention with his lewd act, the incident, which was originally tagged as an indecent exposure has been reclassified as a suspicious circumstance.

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