Mountain View Voice

News - March 23, 2012

Crime briefs

Filet mignon stolen

Four slabs of filet mignon and $80 in cash were stolen from Le Petit Bistro by a burglar with an an epicurean bent, sometime overnight between March 15 and 16, police said.

The stolen cuts of beef were valued at $360 by the restaurant, located at 1405 W. El Camino Real, according to Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

There is no alarm system or camera system at the business, Wylie said.

Assault with pipe

Police are searching for a man accused of attacking an acquaintance with a metal pipe outside of a house party in the early hours of March 16.

The guest reportedly attacked the host of the house party at about 1 a.m. after the host asked the man to come inside to use the restroom — it appeared the man was urinating on the fence at the time, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

The man turned around holding a metal pipe about 3 feet long and 1/2 inch in diameter and allegedly struck the host's head twice, Wylie said. Backpedaling in an attempt to dodge the blows, the victim tripped over something, fell and hit his head on the pavement, causing him to black out, she said.

Hearing cries for help outside, the host's wife went to investigate and saw the attacker kneeling over her husband with the pipe in his hands. The man dropped his weapon and fled.

The couple did not call police until March 17, Wylie said. The victim received multiple stitches and was diagnosed with a concussion.

Wylie said police believe they know the identity of the attacker but they will not release his name until he is formally charged.

"We are actively searching for him and believe we will have him in custody soon," Wylie said. "We do not know what the motive was for the attack, but alcohol was involved."

Bar staffer punched

A man was arrested around closing time on March 16 after allegedly punching a Molly Magees employee in the face in the public parking lot behind the pub, police said.

The assailant was part of a group of about 20 people loitering in the parking lot at 230 Hope St., according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman with the Mountain View police. The group was acting belligerent and rowdy just after 1 a.m., so several employees from the bar asked the group to leave. That's when the man struck, according to police.

Though the victim in the assault declined medical attention and did not wish to press charges, the man accused of the assault, Francisco Alas, was arrested on charges of public intoxication and possession of marijuana, Wylie said.

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