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Publication Date: Friday, November 05, 2004

Los Altos burglar may be tied to MV case Los Altos burglar may be tied to MV case (November 05, 2004)

Los Altos police are searching for a man who allegedly broke into a home Saturday in an attempt to sexually assault a teenage girl, and authorities believe it may be the same suspect in an earlier home invasion just three blocks away in Mountain View.

The Mountain View and Los Altos police chiefs are hosting a community meeting on Nov. 8 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 1075 El Monte Avenue to discuss crime prevention and provide home and personal safety tips.

Los Altos police Sgt. John Hughmanick said the girl awoke around 3:30 a.m. in her North Clark Avenue home to find a man crouching over her bed.

The girl screamed and the suspect fled the home before her parents awoke and called 911.

The suspect is described as standing 6 feet tall with short dark hair.

Hughmanick could not comment on the nature of the encounter, but did say that based upon the suspect's actions, it's believed he had the intention of sexually assaulting the girl.

The recent assault is similar to a home invasion burglary in Mountain View on Aug. 28.

At nearly the same time as the Los Altos burglary, a suspect entered a home in the 1400 block of Ernestine Lane around 3:20 a.m. through an unlocked sliding glass door.

An 11-year-old girl got out of bed and walked into the hallway where she encountered the suspect, who allegedly put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams.

The girl was able to pull away from the man and slam her bedroom door, alerting her parents to the fleeing intruder.

The suspect in that burglary was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, Hughmanick said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

-- Bay City News

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