Mountain View Voice

News - August 9, 2013

Crime briefs

Party goes bad for MV men

Two Mountain View men were arrested — one of them for assaulting a police officer — after officers broke up an apartment party at a complex located at 280 Orchard Ave.

According Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department, neighbors called the cops after midnight on July 31, complaining of noise. Police showed up and told the young revelers to be quiet.

However, neighbors also called the apartment's tenant, who was out of town, Thompson said. The man, realizing that his daughter had thrown a party while he was away, called police and told them he wanted everyone out.

Officers returned to the house at about 12:20 a.m. and told everyone they needed to leave, Thompson said — a direction that upset two particularly intoxicated young men.

As 20-year-old Dominic Azoulay and 19-year-old Angel Chaverri left the party they allegedly hurled homophobic slurs at the officers. According to Thompson, one of the officers determined Azoulay was intoxicated, as the man was slurring his speech and wobbly on his feet. The officer decided to place him under arrest for public intoxication.

Apparently, this further angered his friend, Chaverri, who protested, leaning forward and allegedly striking the officer on the shoulder. Chaverri was then arrested for battery on a police officer as well as public intoxication, Thompson said.

Boy exposes himself, assaults woman

A 13-year-old Sunnyvale boy was arrested after he allegedly exposed himself multiple times to a jogger on Stevens Creek trail, before blocking her path and attempting to take her cell phone, a spokesman with the Mountain View Police Department said.

The woman, a 21-year-old Mountain View resident, was jogging along the trail at about 7:40 p.m. on July 30, when she noticed the boy riding up behind her on his bicycle, Sgt. Sean Thompson said.

The boy was exposing himself while he rode, and he said something to the woman, who couldn't hear him because she was listening to music on headphones. Though the boy was exposing himself, the woman initially didn't think much of it, Thompson said.

The boy eventually got her attention, however, after riding ahead of her, stopping and trying to get her attention — twice, while still exposing himself, Thompson said. The second time, while near the La Avenida Street entrance to the trail, the boy rode ahead of the woman and tried to block her path as she crossed, propositioning her.

The woman maneuvered around the boy, pulled out her cell phone and told him she would be calling the police and taking his picture, Thompson said. At that point the boy then tried to grab her cell phone, but was unable to and fled on his bicycle.

Police officers located the boy riding his bike near Whisman Park, Thompson said. He was identified by the woman and arrested for indecent exposure, false imprisonment and attempted robbery and taken to juvenile hall.

Fake bomb threat empties Walmart

Mountain View police evacuated the Walmart and cleared the store's parking lot at 600 Showers Dr. on July 31 after someone called in a false bomb threat.

One of the clerks got a call from a blocked number shortly before 10 p.m. and a store manager took it seriously — calling the police and then beginning to evacuate the store, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

When police arrived, they ordered the parking lot cleared and a few police, accompanied by a bomb-sniffing dog, entered the store, Thompson said. The police did not find anything suspicious and the bomb threat was ruled a hoax.

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