Crime briefs: Walmart theft, McDonald's disturbance and woman groped


Disturbance at McDonald's

Police arrested a 42-year-old man Monday after he allegedly caused a disturbance at a McDonald's, yelled at staff and refused to follow police directions.

At around 8:27 p.m., police received a call that a man was causing a disturbance at the McDonald's at 952 El Monte Ave. The man, later identified as Stanley Cortez, a transient, allegedly entered the restaurant demanding creamer and sugar, pounded on the counter and yelled profanities at the staff.

When police arrived, Cortez refused to follow the officer's commands and aggressive threw a small bag he was carrying to the ground, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.

Cortez was arrested and booked into San Jose Main Jail.

Theft at Walmart

Police arrested a Mountain View man Sunday after he was allegedly caught by Walmart security stealing merchandise from the store. The suspect also had a prior conviction for theft, police said.

At 5:12 p.m. Sunday, Walmart security staff allegedly witnessed the man steal $50 worth of merchandise from a Walmart at 600 Showers Drive and exit the store. Security contacted the Mountain View Police Department and requested that officers make contact with a man identified as 30-year-old Sterling Winterhalter, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.

Officers located Winterhalter and the stolen property, and arrested him on charges of burglary, petty theft with a prior, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and a probation violation. Winterhalter was booked into San Jose Main Jail without bail.

Woman groped

Police arrested an 18-year-old man after he allegedly groped a 50-year-old woman at the Mountain View Senior Center through the window of her car Sunday.

The victim, a woman from Livermore, was seated in her vehicle in the senior center's parking lot at 266 Escuela Ave. when the man, identified as Jose Laguna, allegedly walked up to her open window, reached in and touched the victim's leg and thigh area, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department. Laguna left the scene and was later contacted by officers in the area.

Laguna was arrested and booked into San Jose Main Jail on suspicion of battery and being drunk in public.


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