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Mistaken ID in Mountain View bike robbery arrest?

Man's family say police nabbed the wrong guy; police disagree

The family of a man accused of attempted robbery are insisting that Mountain View police arrested the wrong guy.

Craig Jordan, a 31-year-old Sunnyvale resident, was arrested April 14 and accused of attempting to steal a bike from outside Red Rock Coffee, police said.

In an email sent to the Voice, Jordan's sister, Tiffany, wrote: "The MVPD did not do their job and verify the facts."

Mountain View police arrested Jordan as he was "hiding" between the Center for the Performing Arts and the Mountain View Library, according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman with the Mountain View Police Department.

Wylie said that Jordan met the description of the thief, as reported by the victim -- a Red Rock employee who was punched twice in the face and hit over the head with a bag that contained a heavy object when he attempted to stop his bike from being stolen at about 11:10 a.m.

The victim held on to his bike and the thief let go, Wylie said, but not before he threatened to come back and harm the victim. Then he ran into the parking lot behind Red Rock, Wylie said.

Police say Jordan was in possession of drugs, Wylie said. He was arrested on charges of attempted robbery, making criminal threats, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a methamphetamine pipe and resisting arrest.

The victim suffered cuts, scratches and welts on his face and head, Wylie said.

According to Jordan's sister, the accused Sunnyvale man had nothing to do with the crime.

"Never did the police verify that (Craig) worked on Castro (Street) and had reason to be walking the route he was, nor did they check the receipt in his pocket that places him at CVS prior to when the police stopped him," she wrote.

She said her brother has been "fighting a methamphetamine addiction for many years, but has been trying to turn his life around."

Wylie responded that the time on the CVS receipt was around 10 minutes later than the time of the robbery. In the drugstore's security footage, Jordan can clearly be seen entering the store with a black bag of similar shape and size as the one the victim said he was hit in the head with, Wylie said.

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Posted by CSI
a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm

How seriously are the cops taking this crime. Sounds like there is lots of physical evidence, including the "heavy object" used to clobber the victim and finger prints on the bicycle. Are the police making any attempt to process this evidence, or are they just relying on the eye witness identifications?


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Posted by Makehimpay
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Imagine being the one threatened. Always wondering if he really might come back after a few years in the joint to get revenge. If it was me, and the guy fought it, I would make sure to confront him BEFORE he came back, and make sure i am safe by permantly removing the threat. GZ did that , and is now suffering because he had to make that decision on the spot.This guy and his family are trying to profit from his wrong doing. They got him on camera. Go to his facebook. Learn about him and his family who support this malarky. Look at their pictures, so if you ever run into them, you know who NOT to trust


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Posted by hethreatenedaninnocent
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

This is terrorism, plain and simple. That victim has to worry about this guy getiin off scott free and coming to do him harm. Charge him with terrorism as well


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Posted by hesright
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Hethreatenedaninnocent is right! lets start a campaign


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Posted by dontbeafraid
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I noticed the victim didnt press charges for assault. Poor guy has to live with worries. He should charge this guy so other meth heads in mountain view and paloalto think twice before doing someone else bodily harm to get a fix.! I was robbed at work once, and i was hesitant at first, but when i saw a woman crumble in court out of fear, I didnt!! I made sure that garbage was locked away for years! Think of the others he might harm! DONT BE AFRAID! PRESS CHARGES!!! Keep mountain view clean of this garbage!


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

"He should charge this guy so other meth heads in mountain view and paloalto think twice before doing someone else bodily harm to get a fix.!"

You are making the incorrect assumption that meth heads know and care about what happens to other meth heads, and that they can think. Meth is a "stupid pill" that clouds rational thought with its strong addiction. People on meth are dangerous, when they would not be dangerous were they not on meth. This guy was dangerous, as evidenced by his assault on the victim. He needs to be removed from society to prevent him repeating this sort of thing. Of course, his removal from society might actually enable him to live longer than if he is free to pursue his own way. A warm dry bed and 3 squares per day and free healthcare is a more maintainable lifestyle than sleeping under bridges and committing crimes for a fix.


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Posted by Everything-Costs-Somebody-Something
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

> A warm dry bed and 3 squares per day and free healthcare is a
> more maintainable lifestyle than sleeping under bridges and
> committing crimes for a fix.

Which costs society at least $35,000 a year--if you are suggesting incarceration.


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

"Which costs society at least $35,000 a year--if you are suggesting incarceration."

What would you suggest for a probably repeat offender with violent tendancies?


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Posted by supporter of cj
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

He is non violent offender. HE HAS NEVER BEEN VIOLENT TO ANYONE! or any living thing. He has his own bike. Takes light rail locks bike up at mt.view light rail. How was he suppose to get get two bikes home? He wouldn't be seen on a cruiser bike!!!! All of the evidence isn't even out yet. So just wait until MVPD has to retract everything. You all won't be saying anything then will you? Hope that you all never find your family member or friends in this situation. Especially someone you are close with and they have NEVER had violent tendencies.


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Posted by REAL TALK
a resident of Mountain View
on May 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

FYI... THESE BOGUS CHARGES HAVE BEEN DROPPED. THE D.A. OFFICE REALIZED THEY DID HAVE THE WRONG MAN. THE "BLACK BAG" SHOWN IN CRAIG'S HANDS IN THIS CVS VIDEO WAS ACTUALLY A BLACK HOODED SWEATSHIRT ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT. HAHA!! YOU REPORTERS REALLY NEED TO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE POSTING B.S. IN YOUR LITTLE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS. "METH HEADS" HAHAHAHA! YOU IGNORANT POSTERS REALLY SHOULDN'T SPEAK UNLESS YOU'VE FOUGHT AN ADDICTION YOURSELVES. I PRAY ONE OF YOUR SIBLINGS OR KIDS ENDS UP WITH AN ADDICTION PROBLEM SO YOU CAN TRULY WITNESS IT FIRST HAND. IT'S SO SAD THAT WE LIVE IN A WORLD FULL OF SO MUCH IGNORANCE AND HATRED.


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