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Dragged by the neck, woman escapes from man accused of trying to kidnap her

Mountain View resident able to break free; police arrest 33-year-old suspect hours later

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Police arrested a man who allegedly burst into a San Antonio neighborhood home Monday night and tried to drag a woman by the neck out to her car, according to a statement by the Mountain View Police Department.

Police say the 33-year-old man fled the scene, but was found several hours later standing on top of a carport in the same area. Officers used a fire department ladder to bring down the suspect, identified as Jeremiah Porter, who was then arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.


Jeremiah Porter
According to the victim, Porter repeatedly rang the doorbell of her home on Montelena Court, located near the Palo Alto border, around 10:30 p.m. When the 53-year-old woman answered the door, Porter allegedly grabbed her by the neck and said he needed to flee the area.

Porter reportedly tried to force the victim to get into her car, but she was able to break free and run to a neighbor's home, police said.

Nearly five hours later, police received reports of a man who was throwing rocks at windows and yelling on the 2700 block of Del Medio Court, a short distance from the Montelena Court home. After Porter was arrested, the victim identified him as the man who attacked her.

Porter, a transient, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and attempted kidnapping charges. He is being held in Santa Clara County jail.

Police say Porter likely had contact with other residents in the area. Anyone who may have seen Porter between late Friday night through Tuesday morning is asked to contact Officer Bobby Taylor at robert.taylor@mountainview.gov.

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25 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 18, 2020 at 2:11 pm

MV Voice articles usually say the town of residence of a suspected criminal. They didn't this time.

Of what town is he a resident?

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11 people like this
Posted by Jon Keeling
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2020 at 2:55 pm

Great that this woman was able to break free and run to a neighbor.

I have said it dozens of times when teaching self-defense, based on what I have heard from many police officers and other crime experts over the years and what little there are for actual statistics: Things almost always get much worse if you go with someone who is trying to take you somewhere by force to a secondary location. At least one former police officer I know suggests that your chances of survival are better jumping out of a moving vehicle onto the street than going with the criminal.

This woman is most likely MUCH better off for having escaped. As I have told thousands of people in this area taking self-defense classes from me, unless you need to stay to protect someone else, try to get away!

And thank you MVPD for arresting the attacker.


12 people like this
Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 18, 2020 at 3:05 pm

@Resident, I heard from a friend that the alleged perpetrator was a Blossom Valley homeowner. They're a dastardly bunch, and City Council needs to do something about it!


8 people like this
Posted by SLB19
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 18, 2020 at 3:22 pm

Who are dastardly bunch?


10 people like this
Posted by Andrea Gemmet
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2020 at 3:29 pm

@Resident: We've asked, but MVPD has not yet been able to provide us with the suspect's city of residence. You're correct, if that information is available, it is our practice to include it in crime stories.


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