Mountain View Voice

News - January 13, 2012

Crime briefs

Robbery arrest

Police have arrested one man and are looking for another in connection with a robbery, which occurred in the parking lot of a local bank at the end of December.

According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, authorities suspect a 26-year-old transient, along with an unknown man, robbed a 27-year-old Mountain View man after he had made a withdrawal from the Chase ATM at 749 W. El Camino Real on Dec. 30 at about 10:30 p.m.

As the Mountain View man was getting into his car, Wylie said, he saw two men hop over a nearby fence into the Chase parking lot. The men approached the victim saying they needed to talk to him.

The victim got into his car and locked the doors, Wylie said, but before he had the chance to drive away, one of the men "used an unknown object to smash the driver's side window." The two robbers demanded the victim's cash — less than $200 — and his cell phone. The two men fled on foot toward Victor Way.

The man called police with a second cell phone he had on him.

When officers arrived, they found a suspect on nearby on Bonita Avenue. The victim identified him as the robber who smashed his car window, and the victim's cell phone was found near him, Wylie said. Police arrested David Morris and booked him into county jail on charges of robbery and parole violation.

The second robber was not located, but was described as a white man between the ages of 25 and 30, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, of medium build and standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall.

Anyone with information may call the Mountain View Police Department at 903-6395. All callers may remain anonymous.

Police standoff

No shots were fired in an armed standoff with a 63-year-old transient man who claimed he had a gun, police said.

The police apprehended the man, whom they described as "mentally ill" and "suicidal," on the morning of Jan. 7, near the intersection of The Americana and El Camino Real, said Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. Staff at the nearby offices of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation called police at 6:30 a.m. to report the man. "He was irate and claimed to have a gun," Wylie said.

The man told police officers he had a gun, keeping his hand tucked into his jacket. According to Wylie, he repeatedly asked officers to shoot him.

While the police did draw their guns, no shots were fired, Wylie said. Instead, a number of officers were able to sneak up behind the man, who was sitting on an electric-powered mobility device. Wylie said the police forced him to the ground in a "controlled manner."

He had a small scrape on his hand, "but that may have happened prior to us detaining him," Wylie said.

It turned out that the man was unarmed and able to walk on his own, Wylie said. He was not arrested, but he was taken to a hospital where he was held for a psychiatric evaluation. "This is really a case of a mentally ill person," Wylie said.

Sexual assault

Police have arrested a man practicing massage in Mountain View for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman who fell asleep while on a massage table.

Police say the assault occurred at Relax Foot Massage at 127 East El Camino Real on Jan. 2 when the 29-year-old victim fell asleep on a massage table in an enclosed area. After an investigation that included a medical examination of the victim, police arrested 65-year-old Sunnyvale resident Tong "Tony" Zhao and booked him into county jail.

Police say the woman was not raped or hit, but suffered a "brief and quick" assault that was "still violent in the sense that it was unwanted and caused her some pain," said police spokesperson Liz Wylie.

"We find it hard to believe it's the first time he's done this," Wylie said. "We're looking for anybody else who felt they were victimized."

Those wishing to step forward may call police at 903-6395.

Police did not release Zhao's mug shot in case other victims come forward and need to identify him a line-up.

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