Crime briefs: Wine heist, assault with baseball bat and arrest outside burning house


Arrest outside burning home

Police arrested a man who was trying to enter a burning house on a charge of being drunk in public.

The man, identified as 53-year-old Michael Lugea from Mountain View, is a resident at one of the two houses that caught fire at Wortham Court on March 18. He appeared drunk when he approached Mountain View police officers and firefighters outside the two-alarm fire at 2:45 p.m. according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. Police said the man wanted to get into his house while the building was on fire and even firefighters were not entering the building.

Jaeger said the man was uncooperative and caused a chaotic scene, and was arrested by police officers.

Wine shipment stolen

Police received a report on Monday, March 24, that a large shipment of wine, valued at around $24,000, was stolen at 211 Whisman Road.

Two pallets of wine were set to be delivered to the airport and shipped out of the country to another company. An person who claimed to be the driver who would bring the shipment to the airport picked up the wine, but the two pallets never arrived.

The shipment of wine went missing on Tuesday, March 4, and was reported by the owner of the wine when he discovered it. There was no description of the suspect who left with the wine.

Assault with baseball bat

Police arrested a 46-year-old woman after she attacked a young woman with a baseball bat during a argument on Sunday, March 23.

The woman attacked the 19-year-old victim after a disagreement between the two regarding "treatment" of the victim's father. The victim sustained minor injuries to her legs and hand.

The attacker, identified as Pauline Partti from Mountain View, was booked into county jail on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.


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