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Man attacked in Senior Center lot

A man was taken to the hospital after being attacked in the Mountain View Senior Center parking lot, shortly after finding his car had been burglarized, according to police.

The 23-year-old Mountain View resident told police that he had parked his car in the senior center parking lot and gone to his home nearby on Escuela Avenue on Saturday, May 25. When he returned to his car around 10 p.m. that evening, he found that it had been burglarized, and that his laptop and his wallet had been stolen, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. Unspecified tools were also reportedly taken from the car, Nelson said.

The victim told police he was getting out of his car when he was attacked from behind and kicked. He suffered moderate injuries to his face and abdomen during the attack and was transported to a nearby hospital, Nelson said.

The attackers fled before officers arrived, Nelson said, and the case is an active investigation.

Man tries to lure 15-year-old

Mountain View police are asking for the public's help in finding a man suspected of trying to get a 15-year-old girl into his car, asking her repeatedly to get inside as she tried to walk home from school.

The teen was walking home from a bus stop at El Camino Real and The Americana, near the border of Sunnyvale, on Tuesday afternoon when the man drove up to her and asked her to get in the vehicle, according to a statement by the Mountain View Police Department.

The girl told police she did not know the man, and tried to cross the street to get away from him, police said. The man attempted to entice her into the vehicle several times over the course of 10 minutes.

During the incident, the girl called family members as a way to deter the man, but it did not work, police said. She was able to elude the man and make it home, and the family contacted police shortly after 5 p.m.

The man is described as white, between 35 and 40 years old, 5-feet, 10-inches tall and 140 pounds with a skinny build. He had brown hair and was mostly clean-shaven, with some hair on his chin. He driving a clean and well-maintained beige four-door BMW with tinted windows that was "low to the ground," police said.

Anyone who recognizes the description of the man or the vehicle is asked to call the main police phone line at 650-903-6344 and ask to speak to Det. Pablo Donato, or email him at Pablo.donato@mountainview.gov.

Police seek fraud suspect

Mountain View police are asking for the public's help in finding a woman who reportedly stole a purse and made fraudulent purchases at several local stores in and near Mountain View.

The woman is suspected of stealing a purse from the victim's vehicle on the 1000 block of Castro Street around 4 p.m. on May 22, according to police. Two hours after the theft, the victim received a call from her credit card company stating that an unusual purchase from a nearby Target, amounting to several hundred dollars, had been made using one of her credit cards.

Other credit cards in the purse were used to purchase several hundred dollars of goods from other stores in the area, police said.

A nearby resident provided the police department with surveillance footage showing a woman believed to be the suspect in the case. She is described as a 140-pound white woman who is 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, leopard-print pants and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Tim Dahl at timothy.dahl@mountainview.gov.

Driver hits hydrant, flees the scene

A driver crashed into a fire hydrant on the 300 block of Tyrella Avenue over the weekend, creating a geyser and damaging another car before getting out and leaving on foot.

The driver reportedly sideswiped a parked car before striking the fire hydrant around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, according to police. The driver fled the scene and was not located.

The road was shut down until the water was turned off. No one was injured.

—Kevin Forestieri

Fire damages Los Altos home

A fire damaged a two-story home in Los Altos early Wednesday morning but no injuries were reported, according to the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

Firefighters responded at 3:33 a.m. to the fire reported at a home in the 1800 block of Austin Avenue and saw smoke coming from the second floor, fire officials said.

Crews learned that the two occupants of the home had gotten out safely. The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes and was isolated to a second story bedroom, according to the fire department.

County fire officials said crews had initial trouble accessing the bedroom because of a "significant accumulation of household items," and they reminded residents to keep routes of entry and exit clear in homes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

—Bay City News Service

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