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Man arrested after allegedly kidnapping, robbing teen using Snapchat in Mountain View

Coordinated investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies links suspect to additional crimes

Police arrested a San Jose man in connection with a 2019 kidnapping incident in Mountain View, in which he allegedly kidnapped a teen by luring him through the Snapchat social media app, according to police.

Police arrested a San Jose man in connection to an alleged kidnapping of a 16-year-old who was lured through the Snapchat social media app.

The man, identified as 25-year-old Anthony Martinez, was arrested on Aug. 13 in connection to the Mountain View kidnapping case as well as several other incidents in the South Bay, some of which involved firearms, police said in a statement. He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery and intimidating a witness in the Mountain View case. He remains in custody without the possibility of bail.

The victim, 16, told police that he was robbed in an apparent set-up at Whisman Park last year on Sept. 19. He told police that Martinez contacted him via Snapchat and lured him to Whisman Park by offering to buy flavored vaping packets. The teen was allegedly confronted at the park by Martinez and two accomplices, one of whom had what appeared to be a machete and another brandishing a firearm.

The victim told police he was forced to get into the vehicle and drive to a bank, where he was forced to withdraw cash from his account. Police say the teen was also threatened by the trio before they left in a sedan.

In the months that followed, Mountain View investigators found that Martinez was also connected to several other incidents, working with a long list of law enforcement agencies across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties in the lead-up to the arrest last week. Mountain View and San Jose police obtained two search warrants, including for Martinez' home on Aug. 12, shortly before his arrest.

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"The perseverance on this case cannot be overstated," Mountain View police Lt. Armando Espitia said in a statement. "This was months of follow-up, coordination, and innovative investigative work."

Additional details are not being released pending further investigation, police said Tuesday.

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Man arrested after allegedly kidnapping, robbing teen using Snapchat in Mountain View

Coordinated investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies links suspect to additional crimes

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Wed, Aug 19, 2020, 10:50 am

Police arrested a San Jose man in connection with a 2019 kidnapping incident in Mountain View, in which he allegedly kidnapped a teen by luring him through the Snapchat social media app, according to police.

The man, identified as 25-year-old Anthony Martinez, was arrested on Aug. 13 in connection to the Mountain View kidnapping case as well as several other incidents in the South Bay, some of which involved firearms, police said in a statement. He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery and intimidating a witness in the Mountain View case. He remains in custody without the possibility of bail.

The victim, 16, told police that he was robbed in an apparent set-up at Whisman Park last year on Sept. 19. He told police that Martinez contacted him via Snapchat and lured him to Whisman Park by offering to buy flavored vaping packets. The teen was allegedly confronted at the park by Martinez and two accomplices, one of whom had what appeared to be a machete and another brandishing a firearm.

The victim told police he was forced to get into the vehicle and drive to a bank, where he was forced to withdraw cash from his account. Police say the teen was also threatened by the trio before they left in a sedan.

In the months that followed, Mountain View investigators found that Martinez was also connected to several other incidents, working with a long list of law enforcement agencies across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties in the lead-up to the arrest last week. Mountain View and San Jose police obtained two search warrants, including for Martinez' home on Aug. 12, shortly before his arrest.

"The perseverance on this case cannot be overstated," Mountain View police Lt. Armando Espitia said in a statement. "This was months of follow-up, coordination, and innovative investigative work."

Additional details are not being released pending further investigation, police said Tuesday.

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Paul
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Slater
on Aug 19, 2020 at 11:05 am
Paul, Slater
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on Aug 19, 2020 at 11:05 am
9 people like this

Good the police finally caught one of the 3 suspects. Collecting overtime no doubt.


Ken M.
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Cuesta Park
on Aug 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Ken M. , Cuesta Park
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on Aug 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm
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Tremendous work. Don't be stingy Jeff Rosen, let's see some real charges get filed.


cancerfoe
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North Whisman
on Aug 19, 2020 at 2:38 pm
cancerfoe, North Whisman
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on Aug 19, 2020 at 2:38 pm
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Huge thanks to the MVPD for their diligence in apprehending this violent criminal suspect!


Concerned neighbor
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Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2020 at 2:44 pm
Concerned neighbor, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
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on Aug 19, 2020 at 2:44 pm
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This information is incorrect. It is a set up. Someone created a social media account under Martinez and used his name to commit this crime. The "alleged man" who was arrested had nothing to do with this incident or the group that did this. If investigators would further investigate they would figure this out. The victim is not being honest. There is a lot of information that is not being looked into. Just because a person is "connected" with other incidents, it doesn't mean he committed this crime. I hope they do figure out who did it for sure!


Mv Citizen
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Jackson Park
on Aug 19, 2020 at 2:56 pm
Mv Citizen, Jackson Park
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on Aug 19, 2020 at 2:56 pm
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George
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Whisman Station
on Aug 19, 2020 at 3:05 pm
George, Whisman Station
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Bobby T
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Rengstorff Park
on Aug 19, 2020 at 3:17 pm
Bobby T, Rengstorff Park
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Jon murillo
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on Aug 19, 2020 at 9:33 pm
Jon murillo , Rengstorff Park
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on Aug 19, 2020 at 9:33 pm
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Hey man, why you deleted my comments if this free country and y’all deleted my comments. I thought we’re family in this.


ResidentX
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Rengstorff Park
on Aug 21, 2020 at 1:06 pm
ResidentX, Rengstorff Park
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on Aug 21, 2020 at 1:06 pm
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#defundthepolice #supportkidnappingminors #blm - did I miss anything?
What do you think happens to protecting your teen son or daughter from predators when you defund the police?
Please pick one, it's a simple multiple choice:
a) Reduce crime
b) Defund police
You cannot chose both. Errr, your time is up. See you in Novermber.


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