Man likely injured in botched burglary, police say

Man found 'bleeding profusely' may have cut himself while breaking in to Mountain View restaurant

What initially appeared to be a grisly suicide attempt in Mountain View is more likely the result of a burglary gone terribly wrong, police said.

At 11:37 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, police came to the aid of a man bleeding from the wrist on Junction Avenue. Officers found the man lying on the ground, unresponsive and "bleeding profusely from a laceration on his wrist," according to Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

Medics took the man to a local hospital and placed him on a mental health hold, Wylie said. Meanwhile, officers discovered a trail of blood leading from the spot where the man was found to the nearby La Bamba restaurant, located at 580 N. Rengstorff Ave., about 100 yards to the east.

A window of the restaurant had been broken and blood was found inside, Wylie said. Officers also found a screwdriver lying next to a damaged cash register.

Wylie said police now believe that the bleeding man -- who was on probation for a prior burglary -- cut himself while breaking into La Bamba and attempted to pry open the cash register before giving up and fleeing the restaurant and collapsing -- presumably from blood loss.

Police have yet to interview the man and cannot release his name until he has been arrested. "We notified the hospital to let us know when the man will be released, so that we can arrest him for burglary and probation violation," Wylie said.

— Mountain View Voice staff


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

I would LOVE to see a drug test done on this guy, since his blood is so readily available.

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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

Premature to call this karma?

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Posted by Jay
a resident of South of Midtown
on May 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

Such a shame he couldn't complete his burglary.

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Posted by Anne
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on May 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

It's nice when things just work out right.

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Well, I do not really wish harm on him, or on anyone else, but I do think it would be worthwhile checking him out and seeing why he did what he did. Drugs or alcohol could explain both why he did it and why it went so wrong. Seems like both he and society should be protected from his actions.

Follow-on question: Okay, this burglary went wrong, but were there other, previous burglaries by this guy that went better?

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Posted by maury
a resident of Barron Park
on May 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

If he had succumbed to his injury, we would have another candidate for the Darwin Award.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Groucho Marx line, "There must be somebody I can sue."

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Downtown North
on May 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

As far as constituting the crime of burglary Jay from Midtown, all the prosecution needs to establish is entry into the building with the intent to steal something. The crime of burglary was established as soon as this guy entered the building. A removal or taking of property need not occur.

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Posted by Bleezy
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

La Bamba's carnitas are top notch. I hope they're OK.

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Posted by Kira
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

Don't eat the salsa!

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