Mountain View Voice

News - March 21, 2014

Crime briefs

Home sacked, set ablaze

Police are searching for a stolen vehicle linked to a fire in a home on the 1700 block of Fordham Way. The house was burglarized and a car was stolen from the garage before it was intentionally set on fire March 16, according to investigators.

Arson is suspected to be the cause of the of the two-alarm fire that broke out in the early morning hours last Sunday, according to investigators from Mountain View's police and fire departments.

The fire, which was reported at about 2:25 a.m., left a house seriously damaged and uninhabitable. It is believed to have started inside the residence, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer for the MVPD.

None of the occupants were home at the time of the fire and no one was hurt. The flames were extinguished by about 3:30 a.m. and no other homes were damaged by the blaze.

The person in possession of the stolen vehicle is wanted in connection with the arson and burglary of the residence, Jaeger said Monday afternoon in a press release.

Police are asking for the public's help in tracking down the stolen vehicle, a light blue 2003 Audi A4, license plate No. 5HJM491. "If you see this vehicle, call 9-1-1 immediately, or 650-903-6395 and refer to case number 14-1411." Anonymous tips may also be sent via text to 274637 — include 'mvtips' in the body of the message.

Two homes ablaze on Wortham Court

A two-alarm fire broke out on Wortham Court in Mountain View on the afternoon of March 19.

At press time, the fire was burning two homes, according to Jaime Garrett, public information officer for the Mountain View Fire Department. All of the residents of both of the homes are accounted for and safe, Garrett said, and no one has been injured by the blaze.

As of 3:45 p.m., fire fighters were still trying to put out the flames and the roof over the garage of one home had collapsed. Fire officials said they have no idea what caused the fire at this time.

Public drunkenness arrest

Police arrested a man on suspicion of being drunk in public in the parking lot behind a Castro Street bar, about an hour before last call for St. Patrick's Day libations.

The man had a bloody nose when officers came across him at about 12:30 a.m. on March 18, while investigating a report of a fight, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. The man told police he had been beaten up "by unknown subjects for unknown reasons," Jaeger said.

He was unsteady on his feet and showed other signs of intoxication, Jaeger said.

Jaeger said police attempted to find a friend of the man — someone who might be able to take care of him, because he was "unable to care for himself." They couldn't find anyone to help him, however.

The man, identified as 24-year-old East Palo Alto resident Elvin Posada, was booked into jail on a charge of public drunkenness.

Nick Veronin

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