News BriefsGunmen rob Kragen on California St.
Police say two men brandishing a handgun robbed the Kragen Auto Parts on California Street last Saturday morning, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The pair entered the store at approximately 10:05 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, while "There were no other customers inside, just staff members," said police spokesperson Liz Wylie. She said they asked to see the manager and made it clear that they had a gun, though they did not specifically point it or threaten to shoot. "They were last seen running out the front doors," Wylie said.
The robbers are described as African-American men in their mid-20s wearing black sweatshirts and dark pants. Both are described as over six feet tall and about 250 pounds.
Wylie said police are studying surveillance footage to track down the suspects. Both men remain at large.
Local transient attacked with scissors
A dispute between two homeless men living in the Old Ron's Farmhouse building on El Camino Real turned violent when one attacked the other with a pair of old scissors, police say.
The two men got into an argument at approximately 10 a.m. on New Year's Day, said police spokesperson Liz Wylie, at which point the suspect "used a broken pair of scissors to stab at the victim in the back of the head. There were two wounds on the back of his head, but they were not in any way life threatening."
Wylie said the victim, a 41-year-old transient living in Mountain View, fled to a taqueria on Latham Street and called 911.
Responding officers found Leonardo Ordonez, 40, at the abandoned building at 2026 W. El Camino Real — site of the former Old Ron's Farmhouse restaurant — and took him into custody on one count of assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into the main jail in San Jose.
Wylie said police found several mattresses, a couch and some blankets. She said both men apparently lived there, though each gave conflicting information regarding how long they'd lived there.
The owner of the building was notified and has signed a trespass form, meaning that if either of the men is found there again he can be arrested, Wylie said.
— Kelsey Mesher
Gas leak closes Begen Avenue
Fifteen homes were evacuated in Mountain View last Friday afternoon after a contractor hit a gas line and caused a leak, according to the Mountain View Fire Department.
At 3 p.m., a contractor hit a half-inch gas line on Begen Avenue, the department said. Firefighters confirmed the line was damaged and had started to leak, and 15 homes in the area were evacuated. Begen Avenue was also closed to traffic.
PG&E responded to the leak and repaired the gas line that day, the Fire Department said. The evacuated residents were able to return to their homes by Friday evening.
— Bay City News