Mountain View Voice

News - June 8, 2012

Crime Briefs

Bottle smashed on head

Police arrested a Redwood City man on charges of groping two women and smashing a beer bottle over a man's head at the Monte Carlo Club on Castro Street about an hour before closing time June 3.

The altercation began shortly after the attacker allegedly grabbed the buttocks of two women on the dance floor, around 12:20 a.m., according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View police. The women left the dance floor, told their husbands and pointed out the man they said groped them.

The husband of one woman confronted the alleged molester, who was initially non-confrontational and "acted like he didn't want to fight," Wylie said. But no sooner had the husband turned his back to walk away, the man came up behind him and broke a beer bottle on the husband's head from behind.

Security guards grabbed the attacker when he tried to run, detaining him until police responded, Wylie said. The victim, a 50-year-old San Jose man, was "dizzy and was bleeding profusely." Both the victim and the alleged attacker, identified as 23-year-old Alberto Rodrigues, were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

Rodrigues was later booked into main jail on two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Burglary

A man interrupted a burglary at his home on June 1, but not before the burglar was able to grab $650 from the victim's nightstand, police said.

Three people live in the single family home, located in the 300 block of North Rengstorff Drive, but the victim was the only one home at the time of the burglary — sometime before 6:50 p.m., according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman with the Mountain View Police Department.

The victim was sleeping when he heard his dog barking loudly, Wylie said. After going to check on the dog in the backyard he returned to his room to find a man standing inside.

"He ordered the suspect out of his house," Wylie said. "The suspect said nothing, but walked toward the front of the house with the victim following him yelling at him to get out." To the victim's surprise the front door was wide open, and the burglar ran out the front door, hopped into the passenger side of a dark colored pickup truck and drove off.

Though nothing was missing from the other rooms, it appears the burglar was inside of their rooms, too, Wylie said. Police believe the burglar entered the house thinking no one was home and was surprised when he was confronted. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, in his mid-20s, of medium height and build in a white shirt and blue jeans.

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