Woman attacked in park; transient man arrested

Police find alleged attacker following separate report of prowling on Easy Street

A transient man was arrested by Mountain View police for attempted rape, attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment and prowling on Saturday, July 20. The arrests stem from incidents that occurred separately at 9:42 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday on Easy Street, according to a police press release.

In the first incident, a 29-year-old woman was walking and listening to a podcast in Creekside Park, located at Gladys Avenue and Easy Street south of East Middlefield Road, when a man came up from behind her and put his hand over her mouth.

The man lifted her off of the ground and attempted to carry her off, but the woman began kicking and screaming, the police stated.

Two people walking nearby heard the disturbance and walked towards the noise. The man then let go of the woman and ran away, the press release states.

Police officers searched the area for the suspect but did not find him.

Around 3 a.m., officers received a report of a prowler in the same block as Creekside Park, the 200 block of Easy Street. As officers were investigating, one of them spotted a man who matched descriptions provided by the attempted-assault victim and the earlier witnesses.

The 30-year-old man, a transient, was detained for prowling and brought to the police station for questioning. Mountain View detectives determined that he was the same person who had allegedly grabbed the woman in Creekside Park, and they arrested him.

"The great work between the patrol teams and the investigators brought a swift resolution to this case," Lt. Armando Espitia said in the news release. "Our officers were alert; they pieced information together quickly; and our investigators were incredible in helping start to close out this terrifying experience. We will continue to stay vigilant and to work to keep our community safe."

Mountain View detectives are looking into the possibility that the man may have victimized other people. They have posted his photograph in the press release and are asking anyone who knows him, knows someone who may have been a victim of his, or is a victim of his to contact Detective Robert Medina at

Editor's note: The Voice's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.

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22 people like this
Posted by HailHillary
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jul 22, 2019 at 8:39 am

At what point does a homeless person become a transient?

18 people like this
Posted by @HailHillary
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 22, 2019 at 2:53 pm

When they, thanks to lack of enforcement of existing laws, live in a parked vehicle in Mountain View.

12 people like this
Posted by David B. Karpf, MD
a resident of North Whisman
on Jul 22, 2019 at 2:54 pm

I suspect that a homeless person who does not normally in the area would be termed a "transient", wheres a homeless person who normally resides in the area would not be termed a "transient".

More importantly, KUDOS to the MVPD for yet another example of superb policing! Way to make the city safer! Many thanks!

12 people like this
Posted by Frank Zajac
a resident of Willowgate
on Jul 22, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Usually a Transient / alleged Rapist becomes a Homeless Person when political correctness skews reality againts actual victims of violent crime.

13 people like this
Posted by not safe alone at night around here
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 22, 2019 at 3:56 pm

not safe alone at night around here is a registered user.

This could could have ended very badly. I would have though after recent assaults along Stevens Creek Trail (and Dec 2017 murder on Baylands Trail of 23 year old Google Engineer) that residents would be more cautious. Walking around at night alone wearing earbuds is risky. And don't get on the 'blame the victim' soapbox, it's just common sense.

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