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Mountain View Voice

News - February 4, 2011

Crime Briefs

Trio robs man

Three men robbed a 20-year-old resident of the 1200 block of Mercy Avenue, taking his iPod at about 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, according to a police spokeswoman.

The victim was kneeling next to his car, trying to lure his cat out from beneath it, when he felt an object press up against his neck and heard a voice order him to give all of his money, said Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

Thinking it was friend playing a joke on him, the victim stood up and grabbed the object, a knife with an 8-10 inch blade. He cut his hand, and had to go to the hospital for stitches.

The suspects, described by the victim as three men in their 20s, clad in black, demanded the victim's money again. The victim didn't have any money, but handed over his iPod. The men were last seen running west on Mercy Street, Wylie said.

Paramedics with the Mountain View Fire Department treated the victim's cut, and he left to get stitches in his hand.

— Peter Maxwell

Target threesome thwarted

Two 18-year-old men were arrested for consensual but illegal sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl in a car outside the Mountain View Target on Thursday, Jan, 17, police said.

A witness called the Mountain View police after seeing the three in the parking lot at 3 p.m., said police spokewoman Liz Wylie.

After the police had stopped and questioned the group, all three gave the officer fake names and information in an attempt to conceal their identities, Wylie said.

The two men, Gerrick Waller of Menlo Park, and Allen Meacham of Palo Alto were charged with statutory rape and booked into the main jail in San Jose.

The girl was issued a citation and was released to her mother. All three were also charged with providing fake information to police.

— Peter Maxwell

Arson suspected in truck fire

Police believe arson caused a pick-up truck to erupt into flames in the 1700 block of Villa Street in Mountain View on Thursday, Jan. 27.

Police officers arrived around 1 a.m. and failed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers, police information officer Liz Wylie said. Mountain View firefighters arrived and put out the blaze.

The truck was towed to the Mountain View police department for the fire squad to investigate, Wylie said.

The owner of the truck is a 36-year-old man who lives on the block.

Witnesses are encouraged to call 650-903-6344. The calls can be anonymous.

— Peter Maxwell

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