Police arrest trail attack suspect


Mountain View police arrested a man suspected of brutally attacking a woman on Stevens Creek Trail, leaving her with serious injuries to her face.

Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Michael Wendy Adonis, a French national currently residing in Mountain View, who was arrested Friday on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and kidnapping, according to a statement by the Mountain View Police Department. Officers encountered Adonis during a separate incident involving a domestic dispute on Friday, and found he matched the description of the trail assault suspect.

Michael Wendy Adonis
On Monday, Feb. 25, police received reports that a Massachusetts woman was walking down Stevens Creek Trail near Creekside Park around 10 p.m. when she was accosted and attacked by a man. The suspect reportedly pushed her into the nearby bushes and repeatedly punched her in the face, and tried to cover her mouth to muffle her screams, police said. A pair of passersby interrupted the attack, and the woman, who bit the hand over her mouth, was able to escape. The suspect reportedly walked away.

Police conducted an extensive search of the area with patrol teams and a K-9 unit to find the attacker but were unsuccessful.

On Friday, officers responded to reports of a fight between roommates, Adonis and a woman, at the 100 block of Santa Clara Avenue. Adonis not only matched the description, but had bite marks that were consistent with what the victim described as she attempted to escape, police.

Using a search a warrant, officers also found a gray Golden State Warriors sweatshirt in Adonis' home, which witnesses told police the suspect was wearing during the time of the attack.

Adonis had only been at the residence, located near the trail, for a few weeks, police said.

Adonis is also suspected of false imprisonment charges, criminal threats, assault with intent to commit mayhem or rape and damaging a wireless communication device. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on Saturday without bail, and a court date is tentatively set for March 6.

"The quick recognition by the patrol teams and the investigative work by detectives have removed a violent man from the streets," Mountain View police Lt. Mike Canfield said. "And we will do all we can to ensure there is justice for the victim in this case."

Police are still investigating whether there are additional victims.

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51 people like this
Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 2, 2019 at 1:25 pm

Will the Voice please continue reporting the nationalities of all alleged criminals in Mountain View from now on?

21 people like this
Posted by JR
a resident of another community
on Mar 2, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Nice detective work by the MVPD. This guy some to town and within a few weeks is attacking women and getting in domestic fights. Looks like Trump is spending too much time building walls and not enough time catching real criminals entering the country from France.

52 people like this
Posted by Interesting
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 2, 2019 at 2:42 pm

It's impressive to see posters like "MV Resident" dropping any pretense of not being racist. "I need to know the race of everyone who commits a crime. This is important information to me for completely non-racist reasons such as..."

38 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 2, 2019 at 3:57 pm

MVPD needs to regularly patrol by bicycle, as well as other pedestrian areas around town.

124 people like this
Posted by Old Mountain Viewan
a resident of Jackson Park
on Mar 4, 2019 at 2:19 pm

Old Mountain Viewan is a registered user.

That poor woman, I feel awful for her, BUT what are you doing walking on a dark trail late at night BY YOURSELF!! I have lived here all my life and I would never walk that trail. There have been attacks during the day.

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Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 4, 2019 at 4:22 pm

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Mountain View may be idealistically stupid and ignorant enough to be a "sanctuary city" but in this case, they should contact the INS to deport this monster back to France where he belongs. Get him out of the USA and let the French deal with him appropriately.

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Posted by Maggie
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 5, 2019 at 8:39 am

Maggie is a registered user.

@Old Mountain Viewan I feel sorry for the women too. But I refuse to blame the victim, she was attacked

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