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Gang activity on Stevens Creek Trail

Original post made by Concerned Mtn View Resident, Old Mountain View, on Apr 29, 2008

Has anyone else noticed the increase in gang activity and gang members trawling on Stevens Creek Trail? I have lived in Mtn. View for 7 years and have read in the Voice about numerous assaults and muggings on the trail, especially in the evenings.

I run there very often, in the evenings during the week, and in the morning/afternoon on the weekends. It never fails, I encounter shady characters lurking on benches, in the bushes, and sauntering along. You can not miss them. They are the ones with hooded sweatshirts pulled over their heads and sunglasses on after the sun has set. Often they are sitting alone on a bench where there are no other people. On occasion I have had people jump out of the bushes and start walking away. My guess is that they are picking up or dropping off drugs.

What is the Mtn. View Police Dept. doing to end the assaults and muggings on the trail? I have never seen any police on patrol there.

What notice has the city given people who venture back there about what has happened there in the recent past? I am a strong man who can defend himself, but I often see women jogging alone there, and I want to tell them not to stop running there, because it is not safe anymore.

I am wondering if others have the same feelings about their safety on this trail and what can be done about it.

Comments (5)

Posted by B.E.
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm

It's a shame that what makes the Stevens Creek Trail such an attraction for the general public - an open space that's isolated, filled with lush vegetation and greenery, with easy access to "get away" to different parts of the city, that's free from cars and traffic (including police cars) - also makes it the perfect sanctuary for gang members to get away with crime and other activities.

I wonder if the Mountain View Police Department has ever considered having undercover cops police the trail... maybe on bicycles or even on horseback?

Posted by MY permission
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 2, 2008 at 2:11 am

if u see one of those hooded guys with sunglasses on after the sun has set and u happen to have a solid object in hand feel free to hit them over the head and tell them its ok to take the sunglasses off

Posted by Gilbert
a resident of Whisman Station
on May 2, 2008 at 5:34 pm

We need protection out on the trail from guys with solid objects. We could use someone to pick up the poop too!!!!

Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of North Whisman
on May 3, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Are you really a qualified profiler? Just because someone looks "shady" to you or wears a hood doesn't make them a gang member... let's not judge books by covers. If you see someone do something illegal, that's different.

Posted by Original Poster
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 6, 2008 at 11:30 pm

I don't know if I am really a qualified profiler. But the rape that was committed last year on Stevens Creek Trail was committed by a young man in a hooded sweatshirt with sunglasses on after the sun had set. I found that out by reading the police bulletin with artist's sketch.

But maybe we should wait until a rape is actually in progress before the police are notified. Suspicious activity is, after all, completely legal. Even when it is preceded and followed by illegal activity.

When it happens in your neighborhood, you will be the first person profiling, trust me.

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