Mountain View Voice

News - January 31, 2014

Crime briefs

Boogie boarder dies in Santa Cruz

A boogie boarder who died after being pulled from the ocean in Santa Cruz on Friday has been identified as James Zenk, 47, of Mountain View, according county coroner's office.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday, witnesses alerted emergency crews to a man in distress in the water at a popular surfing location near Lighthouse Point, according to Santa Cruz fire Battalion Chief Rob Young.

Zenk was caught in dangerous waters situated between rocks and the mainland, Young said.

Three rescue swimmers entered the water from the cliffs above the boarder while two rescue swimmers arrived in rescue boats,according to Young.

Zenk was rescued by the swimmers and taken to shore, Young said.

He was then transported to Dominican Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Two rescue swimmers were treated for injuries and released, Young said.

The Santa Cruz Fire Department is urging the community to be aware of ocean conditions prior to entering the water and be prepared for changes.

—Bay City News Service

Woman robbed of purse

A robber hit a woman and stole her purse on the 400 block of Sierra Vista Ave. on Jan. 27, according to police.

The 40-year-old woman was just getting out of her car, when a man came up and hit her in the head — possibly with his fist — grabbed her purse and fled on foot, said Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

The man was described as black, between 20 and 30 years old, of medium build and height, Jaeger said. The purse contained cash and credit cards.

There was another man with the robber, according to Jaeger, but the woman gave only minimal details on his appearance, saying that he was of medium build.

The victim refused medical assistance.

Suspected bicycle thief caught

Had your bike stolen recently?

Police nabbed a man on Jan. 25 who had apparently been on a bike-stealing spree — catching the suspect red-handed with a U-Haul truck full of stolen bicycles. They are now in the process of trying to return the bikes to their rightful owners, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

The man, a 49-year-old transient named Patrick Klein, was reported by a Mountain View resident who witnessed him stealing a bicycle from a bike-storage locker at an apartment complex located at 505 Cypress Point Dr., Jaeger said.

Officers located Klein and his U-Haul truck, and arrested him for burglary, possession of narcotics and possession of burglary tools.

The MVPD has set up a gallery of the recovered bikes, which can be viewed on the department's blog, mountain viewpoliceblog.com.

—Nick Veronin

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