Mountain View Voice

News - March 30, 2012

Crime briefs

Liquor store fight

A Sunnyvale man was arrested and accused of breaking a bottle of tequila over another man's head in a fight outside the Shop 'n Save liquor store in Mountain View over the weekend, police said.

According to Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department, the fight started shortly after 9:30 p.m. outside the Shop 'n Save, located at 779 Evelyn Ave.

When a 19-year-old Sunnyvale man and his friends left the store, group of five men standing outside started a fight with them, Wylie said. One of them began punching the 19-year-old, and soon the others jumped in.

At some point, Wylie said, police believe Edwin Figueroa, 24, from Sunnyvale, hit the 19-year-old in the head with a tequila bottle, causing "a very large, deep laceration to his head." The victim was dazed, but not knocked out, Wylie said.

The group then allegedly stole the 19-year-old's baseball hat and fled in a white Honda, Wylie said. A witness took down the Honda's license plate number.

Mountain View and Sunnyvale police tracked down Figeuroa and another man they believe to be involved in the fight, locating them in the 100 block of Bernardo Avenue in Sunnyvale.

The victim's hat was recovered inside the Honda and Figeuroa and Gerson Landaverde, 26, of Mountain View, were both arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and robbery, Wylie said. The other men involved in the fight are still being sought by police.

"The victim does not know why the suspects started a fight with him, but alcohol was a factor to one extent or another," Wylie said.

Apartment burglary

A video game and prescription painkillers heartburn medication were reported stolen from a Mountain View apartment, located in the 200 block of Whisman Rd., on March 23, police said.

A copy of Madden 2012 for Xbox 360 and the pills, 25 oxycodone and 40 pantoprazole (an acid reflux medication), were taken sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman with the Mountain View Police Department.

The victim, a 26-year-old man, told police he had left his apartment door unlocked so that his family could get into his apartment while he was away at work, Wylie said. The family arrived at about 12:30 p.m. When the victim returned, he discovered that the medicine and the video game were missing.

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