Two arrested in armed kidnapping attempt

Menlo Park men allegedly tried to pull woman into their car behind downtown restaurant

Mountain View police arrested two men early Saturday morning after they allegedly tried to push a woman into a car and threatening her friends with a handgun when they tried to intervene.

Police say that the two suspects reportedly approached the victim while she was walking behind a restaurant in the 200 block of Castro Street around 2 a.m. and tried to push her into a nearby vehicle, according to a statement released by the Mountain View Police Department on Sunday.

Walter Ramirez

Guillermo Perez
A struggle ensued between the woman and the two suspects, and two men identified as friends of the woman tried to intervene, police said. One of the suspects allegedly retrieved a handgun from the car during the altercation and pointed it at one of the woman's friends.

Both suspects then got back into the vehicle and drove away, reportedly firing off several gunshots, police said. A nearby officer spotted the suspects as they were driving away and stopped the vehicle. The two suspects were not initially cooperative, but complied when backup officers arrived, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

Police arrested the two men, identified as 29-year-old Guillermo Perez and 19-year-old Walter Ramirez, and found the handgun that was allegedly used during the incident. Both men are facing a long list of charges including kidnapping, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of a "short-barrel shotgun," carrying a loaded firearm in public, brandishing a firearm and making criminal threats.

Perez is also facing additional charges for discharging a firearm with gross negligence, as well as possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon, which is illegal under California law. Ramirez faces an additional criminal charge for enabling Perez to fire a gun from the car. Both men were booked into Santa Clara County jail. Perez is being held without bail and bail was set at $315,000 for Ramirez.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspects' home in Menlo Park and found several rounds of ammunition and a Taser, police said.

Police say the investigation into the incident is ongoing, and that detectives are determining whether there was a relationship between the victim and the two suspects.

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13 people like this
Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

Incredibly good job by the first MVPD officer! Detaining gun wielding suspects without a running gunfight or any major injuries? I wonder how this was done.

It will now wait for the Felon to get his Justice Done, rather than a street execution (as happens in other communities like SAC). This also shows the necessity of police being trained in the 'use of deadly force' and lethal weapons if the public safety requires it.

thanks MVPD!

reporter Kevin, who was the officer?

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