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News - December 2, 2011

Crime briefs

Armed robbery

Two men wielding handguns robbed a Mountain View location of Kentucky Fried Chicken on Nov. 22, police said.

The robbers entered the KFC at 696 W. El Camino Real shortly before 4 p.m. with what have been described as semi-automatic handguns and demanded that the restaurant's manager give them money from the register, according to Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

The manager handed over less than $500 along with her iPhone, which was sitting on the counter, Wylie said.

While one of the robbers collected the cash, the second masked man told all of the restaurant's customers to get on the floor, Wylie said. One did, the other did not, but remained motionless for the duration of the robbery.

The men fled the KFC, but it is unknown if they were on foot or took a vehicle, Wylie said. No one was injured.

No security footage is available of the robbery, Wylie said, but the men were described as being more than 6 feet tall, of medium build and wearing all black clothes from head to toe, with their faces covered.

The two customers in the restaurant at the time of the robbery left before police arrived. Wylie encouraged both patrons to contact the police department with any details about the crime. The Mountain View Police Department can be reached at 903-6344.

Anyone who reports a crime to the police may do so anonymously, she said.

Indecent exposure

A man exposed himself to a passing woman as she walked near the intersection of California Street and Rengstorff Avenue on Nov. 26.

The woman, a 27-year-old Mountain View resident, was walking in the 200 block of California Street. when she heard a banging sound, said police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The woman looked to see what was making the sound and saw a man masturbating while sitting in the passenger seat of a parked Nissan Xterra.

The window was open and the man had knocked on the outside of the vehicle's door to attract the woman's attention, Wylie said. The woman continued walking and called 911, but when she turned to see if she could read the car's license plate number, the vehicle was already driving away.

The victim did not get a good look at the man in the car, Wylie said. Police have not received any similar reports.

Man threatens cops

Police arrested a Mountain View man on Monday night, Nov. 28, after he allegedly harassed his ex-girlfriend, threatened to kill officers and then attempted to flee in his car, a police spokeswoman said.

The man, identified as 61-year-old William Lucas, had been drinking and was carrying a large, fixed-blade knife, according to Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

At about 11:30 p.m. police responded to a report of a man knocking repeatedly on the door of the victim's home in the 800 block of Calderon Avenue, Wylie said. The woman reporting the harassment believed the man to be her ex-boyfriend, Lucas.

When officers arrived, they found Lucas — who matched the description the woman had given emergency dispatchers — sitting in a gold Toyota Corolla, which was parked in front of the woman's home, Wylie said.

The police attempted to talk to Lucas, Wylie said, but he yelled at the officers, refusing to cooperate. He smelled of alcohol, appeared intoxicated and became increasingly belligerent, until he threatened to kill both of the responding officers.

He then started his car and attempted to put it in gear, while at the same time repeating his threats and reaching into his jacket pocket, Wylie said. The officers managed to pull the man out of his car and took him into custody. They found a knife with a 4.5-inch blade in his jacket pocket while searching him.

Lucas was arrested for threatening a police officer, illegal possession of a fixed-blade knife, and drunken driving. The drunken driving charge is based on Lucas' "intoxicated state, the fact that keys were still in the ignition and in the 'on' position and the fact that he had just driven to the location where we found him about 10 minutes before we arrived," Wylie said. He was booked into county jail.

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