Mountain View Voice

News - November 18, 2011

Crime briefs

Attempted rape

Police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a female employee of a Mountain View motel on Sunday, Nov. 13.

According to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, the 49-year-old housekeeper and Mountain View resident was cleaning a room at about 11:50 a.m. at the Tropicana Lodge — located at 1720 W. El Camino Real — when a man came in and insisted that she come take a look at something in the adjacent room. As the victim looked in the door, the man pushed her into the room, closing the door behind him.

The man kissed the woman against her will and exposed himself, "repeatedly asking her to have sex with him," Wylie wrote in a press release. Shortly afterward, the man became "preoccupied with something around his waist" and the woman was able to push him away and escape from the room. She was not hurt in the attack.

She hid in a nearby empty room, reported the attack to the front desk and called 9-1-1, Wylie said.

Police know that the man who rented the room in which the assault occurred lives in Southern California. He checked out around the time of the assault, but it is unclear whether he was the one who attacked the housekeeper. He was gone by the time police arrived, Wylie said.

The suspect is described as a white male of medium height and build in his 20s, Wylie said. He has blond hair and was wearing blue jeans.

Wylie said anyone with information that may help police find the suspect should call 650-903-6344. All callers may remain anonymous.

Attempted robbery

After knocking down a local man and attempting to take his wallet, a would-be robber abandoned his nefarious endeavor and fled without taking anything, police said.

The victim, a 56-year-old Mountain View man, told police he was approached by a man on Nov. 11 at about 7:17 p.m. in the 300 block of Ortega Avenue, in front of Klein Park, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The would-be robber approached the victim, offering him a cigarette; the victim accepted, but instead of a smoke, the attacker punched the man in the face.

The victim fell down and his assailant tried to root around in the man's pockets, Wylie said. However, the man resisted and told his attacker that he was going to call the police. The suspect — described as a 25-year-old, short, skinny Hispanic male, in a black sweatshirt and blue jeans — ran away without taking any of the victim's possessions.

Police were unable to locate the suspect. The victim had some abrasions on his face but declined medical attention.

Pedestrian identified

The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office has identified a 91-year-old man who was hit and killed by a car in Mountain View on Nov. 7 as Abbas Vahidi.

Vahidi, a resident of Mountain View, died at Stanford Hospital following the collision at the intersection of El Camino Real and The Americana at about 5:40 p.m.

A 78-year-old driver from Sunnyvale was turning from The Americana onto eastbound El Camino Real in a 1997 white Toyota pickup truck when he struck Vahidi, who police say may have been crossing the street.

It is unclear if Vahidi was in the crosswalk. It also is unclear who was at fault.

The pickup driver stayed after the crash and cooperated with the investigation, police said. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor.

The Mountain View Police Department is trying to find witnesses to help determine what caused the collision. Anyone with information is asked to contact traffic Sgt. Bryan Albarillo at (650) 903-6733.

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