Mountain View Voice

News - November 25, 2011

Crime briefs

Wallet snatched

A Mountain View man was robbed of his wallet on Nov. 21 while he sat outside of The Better Bagel in the Grant Park Plaza Shopping Center, police said.

The 53-year-old victim was sitting at a table between Rite Aid and the bagel shop at about 1:25 p.m. when a young man approached, pushed the table into the victim and snatched the man's wallet, which was sitting on top of the table, according to Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

The thief fled with the wallet, which contained $23 in cash, an ATM card, credit cards and identification, Wylie said. He got into the passenger side of an older, green four-door sedan.

The victim was not injured, Wylie said. The suspect is described as being in his late teens, thin and standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall. He wore a black cap and black jacket.

Assault with deadly weapon

A San Jose man was severely beaten Nov. 20 after closing time outside the Zen Lounge on Castro Street, police said.

Security staff at the club called police at 2:20 a.m. to report a fight, saying that a man had been knocked into a stupor by another man who had fled the scene, according to Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the Mountain View police.

According to Wylie, a bouncer at Zen went outside when a fight was reported. He saw a man dragging another man from the sidewalk into the street — the victim hit his head hard when he was dragged over the curb — and the impact may have knocked out the victim, the bouncer told police.

The assailant continued to beat the man who was lying on the ground — sitting on top of him and punching him in the face and head until the bouncer pulled him off and he ran away, Wylie said.

The victim, a 31-year-old man from San Jose, was taken to the hospital in a semi-conscious state with cuts and abrasions on his face and a broken nose, Wylie said. "Alcohol may have also been a factor in his state of mind."

Police located Alejandro Vidales, a 44-year-old Fremont man, sitting nearby in the 300 block of Hope St. Vidales had bloody clothes, bloody fists and the bouncer identified him as the man who beat the victim.

Vidales was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon — the deadly weapon being his fists, as he continued to hit the victim in the face even after he had been rendered defenseless.

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