Mountain View Voice

For the Record - September 7, 2012

Crime Briefs

Woman injured in fight

A Hollister woman was hospitalized after another woman reportedly knocked her down and repeatedly smashed her head into the cement near the intersection of Villa and Hope streets in the early hours of Aug. 26, police said.

According to Jaime Garrett, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department, the 19-year-old victim was unconscious when police arrived. Her alleged assailant, an 18-year-old also from Hollister, was arrested after trying to flee.

Witnesses described the details of the fight to police, who arrested Stephanie Munoz for the assault and booked her into jail, Garrett said.

Both the suspect and the victim seemed to be under the influence of alcohol at the time, police said.

—Nick Veronin

Fatal crash near PA-MV border

A man was killed when his car drifted off of Middlefield Road in Palo Alto Monday morning and struck a tree, police said.

David Louis Jefferson, 63, of Palo Alto, died at the scene after his car struck a tree. The crash was reported at about 8:05 a.m. in the 4200 block of Middlefield Road, just south of San Antonio Road.

Police said it appears Jefferson was driving north on Middlefield Road when his car crossed into southbound lanes, went onto the sidewalk and struck a tree.

Jefferson was alone in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other cars were involved and no one else was injured.

Investigators believe it is possible that he suffered a medical emergency just before the crash, police said. The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death, but the medical examiner does not release that information.

Traffic was blocked on Middlefield Road while the crash was investigated, and Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority bus line No. 35 was rerouted.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call or text 650-383-8984, or email paloalto@tipnow.org.

—Bay City News Service

Two arrested in June burglary

Los Altos police announced they have arrested two people for a June 23 burglary in Los Altos Hills in which burglars stole a car and credit cards, which were later used to purchase $30,000 in goods, including a rental car.

Tanya Espinoza, 36, and Kevin Ortiz, 31, allegedly gained entry to the home in the 1900 block of Colleen Drive through an attached garage, according to a police press release.

Police stated the stolen credit cards were used in fraudulent purchases across the Bay Area and Southern California.

The rental agency later filed a stolen vehicle report, and San Jose police later recovered the vehicle.

After getting warrants for several locations, police arrested the two San Jose residents -- Espinoza on July 17 and Ortiz on July 23.

Espinoza was charged with burglary, identity theft, fraudulent use of an access card and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on her own recognizance after being booked in Santa Clara County Main Jail with a bail of $56,000.

Ortiz was charged with possession of stolen property, identity theft, forgery, fraudulent use of an access card and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a bail of $66,000 after being booked in the jail.

Police stated they have not ruled out the possibility of additional suspects.

—Eric Van Susteren

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