Mountain View Voice

News - January 27, 2012

Crime brief

Police search for gunman

After an "exhaustive" search police couldn't find a man with a rifle reportedly seen near the intersection of highways 237 and 85 on Jan. 23.

Police spent more than two hours searching for the suspect on Highway 237 near the intersection of Highway 85, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

The search, which involved multiple agencies and a helicopter, began after the MVPD received a report from a driver, via the California Highway Patrol, that she'd seen a man in a puffy orange vest pointing a rifle at freeway traffic at about 11 a.m. on Monday.

In the wake of the report, police shut down a connecting ramp between the two freeways and asked local school officials to keep children indoors. The schools were Landels Elementary, Western Montessori Day School, St. Stephen Lutheran School and Building Kidz School — all located near the intersection of the two highways.

Although only one person reported seeing the gunman, and no drivers reported having been shot at, Wylie said that police believed the report to be legitimate.

Underwear thief

A Mountain View man was arrested in the early hours of Jan. 24 after allegedly breaking into a garage for the second time seeking to "steal women's undergarments for sexual satisfaction," according to police.

Jesus Quintero, 20, of Mountain View, was arrested after officers found him shortly after 1:30 a.m. in the garage of a home in the 2300 Jane Lane. He was in possession of burglary tools and laundry was strewn all over the floor, police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

One of the victims, a 39-year-old woman who lives in the home, called police when she saw a man force his way into the garage, Wylie said. When police arrived, they discovered Quintero, who held his hands in his pockets and refused to comply with officers' commands.

The police ultimately forced Quintero to the ground, discovered a screwdriver and a wrench in his pockets, which police believe he used to force his way into the garage, Wylie said.

Police believe Quintero is the same person who broke into the garage of a house on Jane Lane on Dec. 21, Wylie said. Both times, it is believed that he was in search of women's undergarments.

"This is very strange for us," Wylie said. "It's not common that we have this kind of thing happen." Police do not believe that any other homes have been burglarized by Quintero at this time.

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