A Sunnyvale man was arrested for indecent exposure Wednesday after allegedly flashing a Mountain View woman in the parking lot of the Rite Aid on Grant Road. The victim, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, played a major role in the flasher's arrest — taking a picture of him with her camera phone and following him in order to take down his license plate information.
At about 10:40 a.m. on April 13, the 48-year-old woman drove into the parking lot and pulled up alongside a man, whom she later identified as Kimani Smith, Wylie said. Smith stood next to a sport utility vehicle and wore tight-fitting bike shorts.
As the woman was looking at Smith, he exposed himself to her, she reported. According to Wylie, the woman was appalled and quickly pulled out her cell phone, taking a picture of Smith who continued to expose himself to her, even as she trained her mobile phone's camera on him.
She then called the police. Smith attempted to flee in his vehicle, but the woman followed him, all the time remaining on the phone with police dispatchers, giving them information about her and Smith's whereabouts.
"We do not recommend people do this," Wylie said, referring to the woman's decision to follow Smith. "You never know what people like that might be capable of."
The man pulled over and motioned the woman to pull alongside him, Wylie said. But police dispatchers were still on the line. "We have all of this recorded," Wylie said, referring to the conversation that transpired after the woman pulled alongside the man.
After speaking with the man, the woman stopped following him, Wylie said. Police ran his plates and found out that he was living in Sunnyvale. They arrived at his home later that day, arrested him for indecent exposure and booked him into the main jail.
Woman robbed of pills, thrown from moving car
A woman said she was robbed of her prescription painkillers and $160 in cash, and then thrown from a moving vehicle, along with her dog, by two people she referred to as friends, police reported. The incident reportedly occurred on April 14.
Initially, police took the alleged victim at her word, and were seeking to arrest her assailants. However, since the incident, the police have been unable to contact the woman, whose cell phone has been disconnected and who would give the police only a post office box number, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.
"We're suspicious that she may have purposely misled us in our efforts to find the suspects," Wylie said. "There is more to this story than we currently know."
The victim, a 50-year-old woman from Los Altos, told police that she had been given a ride at about 8 p.m. that day to the Walgreens on El Camino Real and Grant Road to pick up her oxycodone prescription, Wylie said.
After getting back into the car her friends — a married couple whom the victim has known for many years — demanded the woman's pills, Wylie said.
The victim refused and the wife, who was sitting in the front passenger seat , reached back, took the $160 out of the woman's wallet, which was in her purse, and also grabbed the bottle of oxycodone — a powerful opiate-based painkiller.
During the robbery, the victim protested and was punched in the face multiple times, Wylie said. When she attempted to call the police with her cell phone, the husband, who was driving the car, pulled the phone away from her.
At a stop light, the couple threw the victim's small dog out of the car. The victim tried to get out of the car at that point, but the man stepped on the gas, Wylie said.
Soon after, however, the couple decided they didn't want the victim in the car any longer; the man slowed the car down and the victim was pushed out the door while the vehicle was still in motion near the intersection of San Antonio Road and Nita Avenue in Palo Alto.
A passerby helped the woman phone police.
"We know who the suspects are," Wylie said. The victim told police where the couple lives but police were unable to locate them. Initially, police were seeking to arrest the couple, but now Wylie said they just want to talk in order to get a better idea of what happened.
Wylie still referred to the woman who initially reported the crime as a victim. "It did appear that her phone, her money and her pills were stolen," Wylie said. There were bruises on the woman's head and she appeared to have been roughed up in the car, although she declined medical attention. "We know something happened to her, we just need to answer questions."
"Prescription drug addiction, and the selling of prescription drugs, is prevalent," Wylie said. Adding that "drug abuse, whether it's someone personally abusing drugs or abusing the system and wanting to sell the drugs — it absolutely causes people to do things they wouldn't otherwise do, like getting involved in crime and turning on friends and family."
Wylie said that the woman's dog was OK.
Man smashes car window with baby in it
A Mountain View man was arrested April 14 after smashing the windows of a car with passengers inside, including a baby. No one was seriously injured in the incident, which police consider to be gang related.
The car and its occupants — a 20-year-old woman, a 16-year-old boy, a 21-year-old man and an 11-month-old girl — were parked outside of Maldonado's Pizza at 615 Rengstorff Ave. when a man approached the car, made some "gang gestures," and threw two rocks at the back windshield, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.
The assailant then fled. The victims reported the incident to police and gave a description of their attacker, who was soon identified and arrested walking in the 1900 block of California Street, Wylie said. The man, 20-year-old Mario Ramirez Barrera of Mountain View, was arrested and booked into the main jail in San Jose.
The baby was not harmed. One of the victims — the 21-year-old man — was hit in the foot by one of the rocks, but he declined medical treatment, Wylie said.