Crime BriefsDrug deal turns to robbery
A local teenager was arrested after allegedly holding a group of 20-year-olds at gunpoint and robbing them of $600 cash and about four ounces of marijuana in the 500 block of Sylvan Avenue last week, after an attempted drug deal went south, police said.
The three victims — two men and one woman — called police at around 5:40 p.m. on Oct. 25 to report they had just been robbed, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. During the subsequent investigation, the victims told officers they had met with the robber —a Mountain View teenager — with the intent to sell him some pot. However, instead of moving forward with a peaceful transaction, the young man pulled out a silver handgun and made off with the weed and $600, taken collectively from all three victims.
The male victims were from San Jose and Morgan Hill and the woman was from Los Altos, according to Thompson. The victims admitted that they had met the suspect — who was not named because he was a minor — in order to sell him marijuana. They told the police that they normally don't sell pot to people they don't know but had decided to meet up with the Mountain View teen after corresponding via text message.
After the victims showed the suspect the marijuana, the suspect pulled out the gun, Thompson said. According to the police report, the 17-year-old did not make any specific demands for money, but the female gave him $300 out of fear and the two men in the car followed suit, handing over their money. In all the suspect made off with a total of $600.
Police later caught the suspect and arrested him on suspicion of robbery, Thompson said.
Despite admitting that they were engaging in the act of selling an illegal substance, the police did not arrest the three 20-year-olds. "You can say you've done stuff all you want," Thompson said, "but if you don't have anything on you we can't arrest you."
Pumar's preliminary hearing
>Matthew Pumar, the Mountain View driver accused of hitting and killing a man who was waiting for the bus, is set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 27, according Duffy Magilligan, the deputy district attorney handling the case.
At hearing a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial, Magilligan said.
Pumar, who pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter on Sept. 26, is alleged to have been driving recklessly at the time of the accident, according to Magilligan and a police report.
According to police, on June 21, the 22-year-old Pumar sped through a red light, swerved to avoid a truck entering the intersection, lost control of his car and then ran into William Ware, a well-known Mountain View resident who was waiting for a bus in the 1800 block of California Street. Ware was killed by the violent impact of the collision.
Pumar remained on the scene and cooperated with police and investigators. He was arrested on July 10 after the investigation was completed. He immediately posted $100,000 bail and was released.
Dolores Marquez, Ware's niece, said she was upset with Pumar's plea in an interview with the Voice shortly after the plea was made.
"It's hard to hear someone not hold themselves accountable for something that was so obvious," Marquez said.
Pumar's last court appearance was on Oct. 24.