Crime brief: Transient arrested in attempted carjacking


A transient man was arrested last week after an alleged carjacking attempt at a Valero gas station parking lot near the San Antonio shopping center. He was later found attempting to leave the area by train, according to police.

The attempted carjacking was reported to police shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Valero located in the 300 block of San Antonio Road. An employee at the gas station told officers that the 32-year-old suspect got into the car, located in the mechanic portion of the gas station, and tried to maneuver it out of the gas station, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

The employee reportedly grabbed the suspect, who got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, Nelson said. He was seen crossing the street and heading toward the San Antonio Caltrain station.

Officers eventually found him aboard a train. He was identified and arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking along with two outstanding warrants. He also faces drug charges after a subsequent search revealed he was in possession of heroin, Nelson said.

The man is currently being held in Santa Clara County Main Jail with bail set at $101,000.

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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Is he an RV dweller? The Voice refers to him as “transient,” which is the same term they have used for RV dwellers. So it’s a serious question.

If this comment is deleted, I’ll assume The Voice doesn’t want to face hard questions about why there has been an increase in crime at the same time as an increase in transients.

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Posted by Sharp eye
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Every time there's a crime the same guy posts here ... Oh must be an RV owner who commited the crime!

That I think reflects even worse on you than the dude who's carjacking people on heroin.

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Posted by Concerned MVer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2018 at 4:25 pm

How sad that MV has become this kind of city.

Yes, is that "transient" an RV dweller?

If so, you can thank Pat Showalter for her political stance of allowing and actually inviting the RVs into MV. We need to vote Showalter out this November - if you want a chance of removing the RVs and homelessness in MV.

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Posted by LOL
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm

I agree, Concerned MVer, how sad is it that MV has become the kind of city where every time a crime is reported people try to tie it to their pet issue of hating on the poor? It really is disheartening that there are so many wealthy homeowners in this city who are so full of bigotry and hate.

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Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Waverly Park
on Oct 10, 2018 at 5:16 pm

William Hitchens is a registered user.

Another reason for the City Council to drastically cut "social support programs" for "transients"; i.e., the homeless. Give them an strong financial incentive to leave Mountain View for cities with more generous welfare benefits. Mountain View needs to look at its future, upscale and not just like another San Francisco.

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Posted by David K
a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 10, 2018 at 5:27 pm

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MV resident,
Interesting that you use a nome de plume, rather than your name.

I find your apparent position to be illogical, as unless you are proposing outlawing homelessness, it is unclear to me why you think that someone living in an RV or camper or other vehicle is inherently more likely to be a criminal than someone living on the streets, or in a tent, or a cardboard shack under a bridge. While it is clearly true that some percentage of the "homeless" in all areas suffer from mental illness, not only does that not make them more likely to be carjackers or other violent criminals compared to those not similarly afflicted, but more importantly, it is likely that many of those who have the wherewithall to live in an RV are probably victims of the the insanely high housing costs in the Bay Area as opposed to mental illness.

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Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Waverly Park
on Oct 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm

William Hitchens is a registered user.

@Concerned MVer: Remember that Showalter also voted for MV "bus lanes" to destroy El Camino Real; after she promised, when running to get elected, that she would vote against ruinous bus lanes. There's an election in a month. Remember that she has shown consistently bad judgement (at best) and vote her out of office so she can try to ruin another community. The only problem is --- is there anyone running who is truly worthy of managing MV properly and not just wanting to destroying it?

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Posted by Lynn Wood
a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 11, 2018 at 8:22 am

You heard it here first, y'all. Our future is "upscale." Bro do you hear yourself? I am so very sorry you have to interact with and look at the poors.

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Posted by Enforce the law
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 11, 2018 at 9:29 am

We never had this problem of RV people living in our city, on the streets. Why, because we always enforced existing laws that said you can not do this.

But when we have council members and candidates for city council that tells the PD to not enforce these laws, then you not only have a problem, but it gets worse and attracts other problems for the city. The people who actually live across from these Rv'ers are the ones who have to suffer the worst from this impact.

Remember who supports RV living on the streets come Nov. 6 and vote them out, like,

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Posted by whos calling out the poor
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 11, 2018 at 10:16 am

First of all its the Voice pointing out that the individual is a transient. Why would they do this unless they are indirectly trying to inflame an issue. Shame on them for pointing out the individual is a transient and male. This is as bad as reporting the race of an accused criminal.

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Posted by Kevin Forestieri
Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Oct 11, 2018 at 11:11 am

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@whos calling out the poor

Every crime story and crime brief we run includes basic information on the suspect, including age and city of residence (if it's available, anyway). Law enforcement agencies frequently use "transient" to describe homeless residents or, I believe, suspects who refuse to provide officers an address.

Occasionally we'll get more detailed information (i.e. transient out of San Jose, or transient with a last known address in Redwood City), but that was not the case here. I imagine we would face similar accusations if we omitted the details on a selective basis.

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Posted by Lector
a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 13, 2018 at 7:39 am

Lector is a registered user.

Same old shit going on in the View-Town ! Googlers haven't totally taken over yet! Working class folks are still holding it down! Ran out of the old hood by gentrification driving up cost of living! However there's no such thing as gentrification on RV's and campers! Don't get it twisted though! There's the lower class not low lives who are struggling to get by. Low lifes come from all classes. Googlers are low lifes themselves when it comes to ruining peoples homes. However they view the working class families as low lives that they are running out. Those folks living in RVs once lived on the properties they are parked in front of. Google is the low life responsible for ruining the community. Well Google may have misplaced a community of hard working people but a majority of those folks aren't going anywhere accept to the streets surrounding the newly built Googler housing. So complain all you want about the problems you've created techies. All of your complaining won't bring a solution to the problems created by the Google techie revolution.

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Posted by Lector
a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 13, 2018 at 8:28 am

Lector is a registered user.

The problem that was created by the tech boom and greedy landlords feeding off of the market rate is cost of living which includes housing. Cost of living is a reason for crimes such as theft. Affordability is key in having quality of life and less property crime/thefts. However Just because one may be poor or live by lower means does not turn one into a criminal. It's when the poor get deprived of bare minimum necessities such as food or a place to live that's when the struggle goes from being legitimate to criminal. I remember growing up in the North Whisman neighborhood. Back then it was much different.It was the ghetto. There was drugs,gangs, occasional homicides but theft was at a lower rate. That's because no one had much worth stealing and people didn't need to steal because living costs such as food and rent were affordable. The upper class had its part of town and the lower/working class had its part. There wasn't any gentrifying factors causing the problems seen now.Everything is a choice though no matter the circumstances. People choose to sell drugs or use drugs. Just like people choose to steal.Its the society that we live in. As a whole we can reach a resolution to make situations better for the community as a whole but until everyone can work together for improvement it will only get worse. So think about that idea before you make judgements on people rich or poor. Perspective is product of what is in front of us and what we are dealt.Understanding comes from seeing someone else's perspectives and knowing reason behind another's point of view. Fact produces affect which in turn determines peoples view points. Everyone agrees that the situation at hand sucks. However people only want to make it better for themselves because they are selfish. But it will only get better for everyone if we do things for the greater good of everyone.

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