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Mountain View Voice

News - July 29, 2011

Crime briefs

Teenage rampage

A Mountain View teenager was arrested after allegedly going on a destructive rampage through a Latham Street convenience store Saturday night, and then violently resisting police officers, a police spokeswoman said.

The incident began around 11:52 p.m. on July 23 at the 7-Eleven located at 1905 Latham St., said Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. According to the store's clerk, the teen approached the checkout counter with a pair of bolt cutters, demanded money and then hit the glass countertop, causing it to shatter.

Rather than give the boy any money, the clerk locked himself inside the store's office and called 911, Wylie said.

While the clerk was locked inside the office, the teen struck the office door with the bolt cutters and broke bottles and jars, along with two hot-dog-warming displays, Wylie said. The teen then fled without taking anything.

Police officers found a suspect matching the clerk's description of the would-be robber nearby.

"The suspect was not detained easily," Wylie wrote in an email describing the incident. The teen "shouted obscenities" at the officers while running toward them, which prompted the officers to draw their electric stun guns and deploy a police dog.

Once the teen saw the police dog he complied with the officer's orders and laid down on the ground, Wylie said. However, he continued to curse at the officers and refused to stand up after he was handcuffed. When the officers lifted him up, he tried to flee while shackled.

Wylie said that once inside the squad car the boy began hitting his head on the plastic partition between the front and back seats, causing a two-inch cut on his forehead. He also tried to kick the doors out.

When an officer attempted to check on the teen's condition, the boy spat blood at the officer, Wylie said.

The boy was taken to the hospital, treated for his injuries and booked into juvenile hall, Wylie said.

Gunshot victim

Police suspect that a man who showed up at a Redwood City hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg isn't telling the whole truth about the incident.

According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, a 23-year-old man from Lathrop, in San Joaquin County, drove himself to the Redwood City Kaiser at about 2 a.m. on July 22 with a bullet-wound that went through his thigh.

The hospital notified Mountain View police, as the man told medical staff he had been shot in the parking lot behind Molly Magee's, a bar in the 200 block of Castro Street, Wylie said.

However, police found no one who had heard or seen the shooting, there were no reports of shots fired in the area, and no bullet or shell casing was found behind the bar, Wylie said.

"The victim said there was not a single other person in the parking lot at 2 a.m., but that would have been unlikely, given it was a Friday night and the bars are all open until 2 a.m. and the parking lots don't usually clear out entirely until closer to 3 a.m.," Wylie said.

Alarm works

Mountain View police are seizing on a thwarted residential burglary to remind locals to set their home security alarms at night.

The residents of a home in the 1300 block of Cuernavaca Circle were awakened at about 3 a.m. on July 23 by their home's burglar alarm, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. One of the residents turned off the home alarm, thinking it had accidentally been tripped.

It was not until the next day that the residents discovered that an unlocked window had been opened and the screen had been pried off, Wylie said.

Police assume that whoever was attempting to break in to the home was scared off by the alarm.

"Their alarm was set and it worked," Wylie told the Voice, adding that it is important for people to set their burglar alarms when they are out of the house, as well as at night. "Some people think to use the alarms when they leave for the day, but not many people arm them at night. It is very important to do so! The outcome is this: crime thwarted!"

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