Mountain View Voice

News - June 21, 2013

Crime briefs

Business burglarized

A few pieces of very expensive electronic testing equipment were stolen from a Mountain View business on June 16, according to police.

Burglars apparently used some kind of cutting tool to punch a hole in the metal roll-up door of Spectra, located in the 600 block of National Avenue, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

Investigators believe the break-in occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 9:28 a.m. on June 16. Items taken include a spectrum analyzer and two signal generators.

Police are looking at video surveillance in an effort to identify suspects, Thompson said.

High speed chase

A high-speed chase through Mountain View turned into a manhunt Thursday night, after the car police were pursuing collided with another vehicle and careened off the road, crashing into a traffic control box.

Upon smashing into the metal box — located near the Highway 85 off ramp at Moffett Boulevard — the driver of the car fled on foot, while his passenger stayed with the car and was detained, according to a press release from the Mountain View Police Department. The man who fled was captured shortly thereafter at a nearby motel.

The chase, which reached speeds of 85 mph, began at about 8 p.m. near the intersection of El Camino Real and Grant Road. An officer in a squad car attempted to pull over a white 1995 Honda Civic, which had been reported stolen out of San Jose. The driver did not pull over — driving onto Highway 237 instead. The officer gave chase, following as the car quickly merged onto Highway 85.

The driver quickly made another move, exiting the freeway at Moffett Boulevard, according to police. That's when the car crashed — causing a power outage at the intersection — and the driver fled into a nearby creek area.

After the crash, police arrested the car's passenger, Vance Howeth, a 46-year-old San Jose man. A little later, police arrested the man they say was driving the car, David Perez, 31, also from San Jose, whom they found a short distance away at the Quality Inn at 5 Fairchild Drive.

Howeth, who complained of pain, was transported to a local hospital. No one else, including the driver of the vehicle hit by the Civic, was injured.

Both men were booked into the main county jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to yield to a police officer, hit and run, and theft with a prior. Perez was charged with an additional count of resisting an officer.

Suspect sketch released

Mountain View police have released a composite sketch of a man whom they believe attempted to break into a home on the 900 block of Boranda Avenue on June 11.

In a press release, acting MVPD Lt. Mike Fisher praised a local witness who aided police in putting together the sketch.

That witness saw an unfamiliar man walk up to a neighboring unit at the Boranda Avenue housing complex, according to the police report. When the witness' neighbor came home, the neighbor found pry marks and damage to an outside door.

"One of the most important things you can do to assist law enforcement is to be a great witness," Fisher said in the press release. "Take a moment to observe the individual's clothing, height and weight. Other important details such as tattoos, scars and unusual features are also critical. Combine all of this with a great sketch artist and the end result is a clear visual representation of a suspect."

The witness in this scenario did just that, describing the suspected would-be burglar as a 20-year-old black man, about 5-feet-10-inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. The description is similar to that given by a resident of a home in the 1000 block of Bryant Avenue, who awoke to find an unfamiliar young man in his bedroom on the evening of May 30.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call police at 903-6395 and refer to case No. 13-328.

—Mountain View Voice staff

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