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Update: Man arrested in Monday kidnapping attempt reportedly held another family hostage

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A man arrested this week for attempted kidnapping of a Mountain View woman allegedly held another woman and her daughter hostage that same evening, according to new details released by the Mountain View Police Department on Thursday.

Police say the man, identified as 33-year-old transient Jeremiah Porter, entered a woman's home on Monroe Drive near the Palo Alto border at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, and held her and her daughter hostage for roughly half an hour before leaving, according to police. The victims were reluctant to report the incident because Porter had allegedly threatened to harm them if they contacted the police.

Jeremiah Porter
"It was only after we publicly released information about the attempted kidnapping and Porter's arrest that the victim felt safe coming forward," police said.

Police say that Porter, who is currently being held without bail in Santa Clara County Main Jail, allegedly held the family hostage shortly before heading up the street to Montelena Court and repeatedly ringing the doorbell of another home.

When the victim, a 53-year-old woman, answered the door, Porter allegedly grabbed her by the neck and tried to force her into her car, police said. He reportedly told the victim during the attack that he needed to flee the area.

The victim was able to escape to a nearby home, and officers weren't able to immediately find the suspect.

Around 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 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. A man, later identified as Porter, was found nearby standing on top of a carport, and officers used a fire department ladder to bring him down and arrest him.

Police ask anyone who may have information on Porter's whereabouts between Feb. 14 and Feb. 17 to contact Detective Matt Atkins at matthew.atkins@mountainview.gov.

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6 people like this
Posted by Member
a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 20, 2020 at 2:12 pm

This is utterly terrifying! Do not answer the door for strangers!

9 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Castro City
on Feb 21, 2020 at 7:57 pm

What mode of transportation did he use to arrive in Mountain View on the 14th, and where did he sleep on the nights of the 14th, 15th, and 16th?

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