Mountain View Voice

For the Record - November 30, 2012

Crime briefs

Standoff ends with assault arrest

A Mountain View man suspected of beating his girlfriend was arrested after a seven-hour standoff on Sunday morning, police said.

At about 3:25 a.m. on Nov. 25, officers went to an apartment complex in the 800 block of Alice Avenue after receiving reports man armed with a shotgun had barricaded himself in an apartment and was threatening to to take his own life, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

Richard Johnson, 50, had allegedly assaulted his girlfriend before locking himself inside his apartment, Thompson said. The 47-year-old victim was able to get out of the apartment and call police. According to Thompson, it was the victim who told police that Johnson was threatening to kill himself.

Officers evacuated the surrounding area and a SWAT team made contact with the suspect. At about 10:25 a.m., Johnson surrendered to police negotiators. He was arrested on charges of battering his girlfriend and taken into custody.

The case remains under investigation, Thompson said. The initial police report noted only that Johnson's girlfriend said he was suicidal; it did not state whether Johnson threatened to take his own life.

Thompson said he did not know how the fight started. He said that suicides, suicide attempts and threats of suicide increase around the holidays for a variety of reasons.

—Nick Veronin

Fatal motorcycle accident

The California Highway Patrol was investigating a fatal motorcycle collision in Mountain View Monday night.

The collision was reported at 5:12 p.m. Nov. 26 on southbound state Highway 85 near the Central Expressway.

A 2004 Triumph motorcycle collided with a 2011 Mini Cooper there and the motorcycle went down and caught fire, according to the CHP.

The fire was put out quickly, but the motorcyclist was killed in the collision.

Multiple lanes of the highway were blocked for hours as CHP officers investigated.

The Santa Clara County coroner's office identified the motorcyclist as Mitsutoshi Nakahara, 41, of Sunnyvale, and said that multiple blunt force injuries were the cause of death.

Video games taken

A Mountain View man returned from a vacation on Saturday to find that his apartment had been burglarized while he was gone, police said.

The 24-year-old victim returned to his apartment in the 2000 block of Latham Street on Nov. 24 at about 1 p.m. and discovered that his Kindle Fire, along with many of his video game systems and accompanying video games, had been stolen, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

In addition to the Kindle Fire e-reader, the items reported missing are a Playstation 3, a Nintendo DS, and various games for Playstation, DS, Nintendo Wii and Xbox, Thompson said. Investigators believe that the burglar broke into the apartment through a bedroom window.

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