Mountain View Voice

News - October 21, 2011

Crime briefs

Sexual Assault

Local law enforcement officials are asking for the community's help in tracking down two men accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Mountain View girl in Whisman Park late last month.

The reported the alleged crime on Oct. 14, telling officers that she was accosted sometime between 6 and 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, 27 or 28.

The teen was on her way home from a jog along Stevens Creek Trail, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. She told police she had stopped for water at a drinking fountain in Whisman Park when she was grabbed from behind and pulled into a nearby women's bathroom.

After being pulled inside, she was groped by one man while another man held her against the wall and covered her mouth, so she couldn't yell for help, Wylie said. While she was being molested, voices were heard outside the bathroom, prompting the two assailants to flee. The teen ran home, but did not immediately report the incident.

She was not physically injured in the attack, Wylie said. The victim said one of the attackers looked white and the other Hispanic. Both were in their early 20s and of medium height and build. The white man had dark hair and wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The Hispanic man wore a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Wylie wrote: "The victim did not initially report the assault for various reasons. This is not uncommon after sexual assaults and should not be taken as a sign that the assault did not occur."

Wylie would not detail the teen's reasons for not immediately coming forward. Speaking in general terms, Wylie said, "Often times there is a fear that people won't believe you. Often times there is a very strong desire to try to forget about it and pretend it didn't happen."

Police asked locals to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior on Stevens Creek Trail or in Whisman Park, Wylie said. Anyone who may have seen the two alleged attackers fleeing the park should contact police on the non-emergency line: 650-903-6395

Wylie also reminded the public that it is illegal to be in any city park or on Stevens Creek Trail after dark.

Burglar wakes woman

A woman was awakened by the sound of a burglar rummaging around her home in the early hours of Oct. 15, police said.

Upon realizing there was an intruder in her home, the woman cried out for help, which prompted the burglar to flee with the victim's IBM Thinkpad, Apple Macbook Pro and external hard drive.

The 52-year-old Mountain View woman, who lives in the 300 block of Bryant St., told officers that she had locked the front door to her townhouse, but had left the kitchen window open, according to Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

Police believe the burglar entered her home through the open kitchen window, Wylie said. Her yell for help got the attention of her neighbor, a woman who shares a wall with the victim.

The neighbor looked out her own window after hearing the victim's cries for help and saw a white male, in his middle 20s or early 30s running away, Wylie said. The man had short brown hair and wore a dark T-shirt with light-colored pants.

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