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Police: Mountain View landlord attempting to oust tenants arrested for brazen break-in

Editor's note (added on Nov. 24, 2021):

This story has been removed after the Santa Clara County District Attorney dismissed charges against a key defendant in March, 2021 due to lack of evidence. The DA declined numerous attempts by the Voice to obtain an explanation for its actions in the case. The court record dismissing the charges states that witnesses in the case refused to cooperate and invoked their 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

In light of the ongoing potential for damage to that person’s reputation, the Voice has elected to remove the story about the now-withdrawn allegations against that individual in all of the stories it published about this case.

Two other defendants took plea deals. Steven Carling pleaded no contest to felony assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and misdemeanor criminal threats, and was sentenced to 224 days in county jail and three years of probation. Lori Walston pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of being accessory to a crime and was sentenced to 60 days in county jail and three years of probation.

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Police: Mountain View landlord attempting to oust tenants arrested for brazen break-in

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Tue, Aug 27, 2019, 1:56 pm
Updated: Wed, Nov 24, 2021, 5:13 pm

Editor's note (added on Nov. 24, 2021):

This story has been removed after the Santa Clara County District Attorney dismissed charges against a key defendant in March, 2021 due to lack of evidence. The DA declined numerous attempts by the Voice to obtain an explanation for its actions in the case. The court record dismissing the charges states that witnesses in the case refused to cooperate and invoked their 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

In light of the ongoing potential for damage to that person’s reputation, the Voice has elected to remove the story about the now-withdrawn allegations against that individual in all of the stories it published about this case.

Two other defendants took plea deals. Steven Carling pleaded no contest to felony assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and misdemeanor criminal threats, and was sentenced to 224 days in county jail and three years of probation. Lori Walston pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of being accessory to a crime and was sentenced to 60 days in county jail and three years of probation.

Comments

Dan Waylonis
Registered user
Jackson Park
on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:14 pm
Dan Waylonis, Jackson Park
Registered user
on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Do eviction proceedings not function in Mountain View anymore? I would suspect that with so many protections to renters, it would take 6-8 months to actually get a non-paying tenant out.

But frustrations aside, the actions of the accused are pretty reprehensible.


ParB
Whisman Station
on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:24 pm
ParB, Whisman Station
on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:24 pm

This is so awful. This has nothing to do with rent control and i don't think we should take it there.

This is just an act from a terrible person with a serious poor judgment. I'm so glad they got arrested. Hopefully the long arm of the law will find out if she and her posse has done similar acs to other tenants.

unbelievable...


Max Jacobs
Cuesta Park
on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:24 pm
Max Jacobs, Cuesta Park
on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:24 pm

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Jake O.
Rengstorff Park
on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:42 pm
Jake O., Rengstorff Park
on Aug 27, 2019 at 2:42 pm

I hope all of these thugs are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is a system in place for eviction and although it's not perfect, these people should have followed it.

I hope the Voice follows this story and provides us with more detail on the number of months the tenants were behind and the history of the tenant/landlord relationship including the outcome of court proceedings.


SRB
Registered user
St. Francis Acres
on Aug 27, 2019 at 4:32 pm
SRB, St. Francis Acres
Registered user
on Aug 27, 2019 at 4:32 pm

Horrible and I hope the Mayor and the City Council will forcefully denounce these acts.

@Mountain View Voice - Not sure I would take at face value anything from that landlord and her "muscle". Might want to consider the following edit: "the residents,...., were *ALLEGEDLY* behind on their rent"


Mountain View Neighbor
Registered user
North Whisman
on Aug 27, 2019 at 4:35 pm
Mountain View Neighbor, North Whisman
Registered user
on Aug 27, 2019 at 4:35 pm

I don’t buy it. I’ve had tenants file completely phony complaints, alleging uninhabitable living conditions. Whatever was going on here, blame measure V. There is no incentive, whatsoever for a landlord to do such a thing,

I challenge the Voice to look at the true tragedy of measure V, as thousands of affordable housing units have been torn down and replaced by $million condos. All because measure V forces landlords to subsidize housing. Guess what? There’s no reason for landlords to own buildings that aren’t profitable. They take their money and run before the property values drop any more.


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