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Man arrested in Mountain View for robberies

Original post made on Jun 12, 2009

Mountain View police on Thursday announced the arrest of a 53-year-old man suspected of robbing five banks in Santa Clara County and attempting to rob another all within the past few weeks.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 12, 2009, 8:47 AM

Comments (14)

Posted by Peter, a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 12, 2009 at 10:28 am

The perp kind of looks like a bank robber, doesn't he?


Posted by Kumar, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Great job, to the officer(s) involved. I will buy you lunch any day.
Regards.


Posted by Excellent Job, a resident of another community
on Jun 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I've noticed that the police are doing an excellent job, not only in Mountain View and Palo Alto, but also in San Jose!

They need to be commended! We should have a National Appreciation Day for Law Enforcement. Why not make it a Federal Holiday?

Just a thought!


Posted by Dean, a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2009 at 8:47 am

It's sad that a former top 100 men's professional tennis player ends up like this. Lucky no one was ever hurt.


Posted by Peter, a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 13, 2009 at 8:53 am

Are you sure this guy was a pro tennis player? Did he go to Stanford? What has he been doing since he retired from tennis? You read about businessmen, school teachers, grandmas, soldiers, etc. robbing banks. Nothing surprises me anymore.


Posted by san franciscan, a resident of another community
on Jul 3, 2009 at 10:29 pm

So sad to see this. Peter was the top tennis player in Northern California for several years. His record will show that he beat many of the top 100 players in the world.


Posted by Jay, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 16, 2009 at 5:30 pm

He obtain a full scholarship to play on the USC tennis team. He was asked to leave for stealing from team mates or in the dorm. Prior to USC he was on the Junior Davis Cup team. Peter was always in the top five in the juniors for Nor Cal went on to play in the men's without much success internationaly. Amazing end to someone with such talent on the tennis court!


Posted by Tom, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Does anyone know when and where the trial will be held?


Posted by lisa, a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Just another arrogant punk who played a game, got into drugs and that was that. Too bad they handed him a scholarship all those years ago -- what a waste. A kid with a brain should have had the opportunity instead of a stupid thief with a drug problem.


Posted by Dima, a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I used to watch him play at Golden Gate Park back in the 70's. I took lessons from him in the late 80's, in San Francisco. The late Vitas Gerulaitas, a top 10 player in the 80's, said Peter Pearson had the best hands in tennis - even better than McEnroe, who was still a top player then. Peter was ranked in the top 100 in the world for a few years. He told me he blew out his shoulder playing on a slow clay court in Germany one year and had to drop off the tour as a result. From this picture, I can definitely confirm that's the same guy.
Does anyone know anything about his trial date?


Posted by Dima, a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Here's a link to a recent "Inside Tennis" article about him. It's the second article down.

Web Link

Sad story. This is his third strike. He's looking at a life sentence.


Posted by Danny, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 19, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Awesome, the posters have the info, the news and the background to tell the tail and then some.

And what does Palo Alto Online do? - Not sure?

Oh that's right they delete, and delete political incorrect stories that they f-e-e-e-l we should not read and know about.

Hats off and a big thank you to the first class reporting of the posters!


Posted by CHARLENE, a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

When I first started playing Tennis I had the opportunity to hit Tennis Balls with Peter. He was a great player and had so much God given talent. It's sad that he never got the help he really needed to cure his drug addiction. I am saddened to think about Peter throwing his life away.


Posted by Jymbo, a resident of Woodside
on Jun 30, 2014 at 2:01 am

What a shame. Peter was a good friend of mine and I knew the family. Great talent gone to waste. I'm sop sorry for him but he did have some things engraved in his personality that seemed to be more that he could handle. I must sayu that his mother was very bad! Hey I was once as close to Peter as anyone... I sorry I did the google.. I wish I haden't Pedro was a fun guy!


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