Mountain View Voice

For the Record - November 23, 2012

Crime Briefs

Attempted robbery

A man fought off two would-be robbers in the early hours of Nov. 12., suffering a kick to the face, but managing to hold onto his wallet in the scuffle, police said.

The victim, a 26-year-old Mountain View man, was walking home from work on El Camino Real near Mountain View Avenue at about 1 a.m. on Nov. 12, when he was approached by two men who asked him for some change, police spokesman Sgt. Sean Thompson said. When the man took out his wallet to give the men some money, the men tried to grab it.

In the struggle that followed, the victim fell down along with one of his attackers, and the other attacker kicked him in the face, Thompson said. Despite the blow, the man did not let go of his wallet and both of his attackers ran away empty-handed.

The two men were described as being in their early to mid-20s, and both around 5 feet 7 inches tall, Thompson said. The man who fell down with the victim was said to be black with short hair. The man who kicked the victim in the face was described as Hispanic and bald.

Robbery at Foothill

Two men were robbed of their backpacks Monday morning, Nov. 19, at Foothill College by man carrying a gun, a campus spokesman said. According to law enforcement officials, no one was hurt during the robbery.

The robbery occurred at about 9 a.m., when a man approached two other men, brandished a handgun and then made off with their backpacks, according to Kurt Hueg, associate vice president of external relations at Foothill.

A Foothill press release described the robber as a black man, about 18-25 years old, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing perhaps 160 pounds. His hair was black and cropped close. He did not have any facial hair and was not wearing any jewelry according to the two victims.

The robber was last seen running up from the footbridge onto campus with the two victim's black backpacks, the release said. The authorities are currently working on a sketch of the robber.

Battery and kidnapping arrest

Police arrested an 18-year-old on charges of battery and kidnapping on Sunday after he allegedly grabbed a younger teenager by the arm, attempting to pull him behind a building and punching him a number of times.

The victim of the battery, a 15-year-old boy from Mountain View, was approached by the 18-year-old and another 16-year-old at the corner of Escuela Avenue and Latham Street at about 9:20 p.m. on Nov. 18, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

The young man grabbed the victim by the arm, and allegedly asked, "Do you bang?" -— slang for "Are you involved in gangs?" according to Thompson. The 18-year-old guided the victim behind a church nearby, while the 16-year-old followed close behind.

The victim told his attacker "no," Thompson said. The 18-year-old reportedly punched the victim in the chest twice. The teen managed to escape his attacker's grasp; Both the 18-year-old and the 16-year old chased him, but they stopped when the victim arrived at a group of adults. The adults helped him call 911 and report the incident.

Police later arrested 18-year-old Jose Mora of Mountain View for kidnapping and battery outside of the 7-Eleven at the corner of Escuela Avenue and Latham Street. The 16-year-old, who was also at the 7-Eleven, was cited for conspiracy and released.

When asked whether police suspected this was some kind of gang initiation gone awry, Thompson said it could have been. "But it also just could be that none of them were in a gang — just kids acting out."

—Mountain View Voice staff

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