Crime briefsBar-goer picks fight with cop
Three Mountain View police officers found their hands full with an unruly bar patron in the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 23. It took all three officers to restrain and cuff a 6-foot, 7-inch, 260-pound Zen Lounge patron who was causing a ruckus near the entry to the club, according to a police spokeswoman. Police said the man challenged the largest officer to a fight after he was ordered to go home.
The incident began when one of the arresting officers saw the man struggling with a bouncer in front of Zen on Castro Street at about 1:53 a.m., said Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. The man was yelling at passersby "in an aggressive manner" and refusing to leave.
The officer called for backup and two additional policemen soon arrived, Wylie said. When the police told the belligerent man to leave, he began lunging at the officers, while his female companion attempted to coax him away.
When the man challenged the largest officer to fight, all three officers descended on him, bringing him to the ground "using their full combined body weight," Wylie said.
Police arrested Vernon Gortner, 36, of San Jose on charges of resisting or obstructing an officer. He was booked into county jail.
None of the officers were injured, Wylie said. Gortner had minor scrapes on his back but refused medical treatment.
Indecent exposure at Walmart
A local 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with indecent exposure after he exposed himself to a 30-year-old woman inside the Mountain View Walmart, police said.
Police took Juan Perez into custody after finding him outside of the store, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.
Although indecent exposure is usually a misdemeanor, because Perez had two prior convictions for the same offense, he was charged with a felony and booked into jail, Wylie said.
Perez also had two warrants outside of Santa Clara County for being drunk in public.
Liquor store scuffle
A man was arrested Monday afternoon, Jan. 24, after chasing several people around a Mountain View liquor store, "telling them he loved them and talking about Jesus" and refusing to leave, police said.
Shortly before 3:15 p.m., a 42-year-old Mountain View resident began bothering customers of Central Liquors at 106 N. Rengstorff Ave., said Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.
He chased several of them around, pushing a 26-year-old Palo Alto woman who worked in the store, and grabbing a 16-year-old Mountain View girl, Wylie said. One juvenile that the man chased hid behind a counter and threw a wine bottle at him.
The police were called at 3:16 p.m. When they arrived, Wylie said, they found that a 23-year-old male clerk from the liquor store had wrestled Jesus Rosales to the ground.
Upon seeing the police, the man "jumped up" and resisted arrest, Wylie said. Several of the five officers brought Rosales to the ground in order to detain him.
"We weren't sure if he was doped up on something or medically unstable or what," Wylie said. Medics transported Rosales to the hospital to have him checked out before taking him to jail. He was charged with battery for pushing the clerk and grabbing the juvenile, as well as with resisting arrest.
Wylie said the man was not on drugs, but was on probation for making criminal threats.