Crime briefAttempted robbery
An elderly man suffered broken bones when he was knocked to the ground during an attempted robbery near the corner of Villa and Hope streets on the morning of Oct. 24, police said.
The 67-year-old Mountain View resident was carrying a plastic bag filled with items he had just bought at CVS as he walked on Villa Street toward the post office, according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department. As he walked he heard the sound of someone running up behind him. As he began to turn he was hit hard and fell to the ground, breaking his fall with his arms and hands.
The man who knocked him down — later described to police as an Asian adult with long, black, curly hair — attempted to take the victim's plastic bag, but it broke and the assailant fled without taking anything, Wylie said.
Hospital staff members reported the robbery when the man came in that afternoon with injuries that included a broken arm, broken finger and multiple abrasions, Wylie said.
Wylie said the suspect was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black jeans and was running south on Hope Street. Though the victim said there were no witnesses, Wylie said anyone with information on the crime may call the department anonymously at 903-6344.