Teens assaulted near Mountain View 7-Eleven


Three teenagers were jumped by a group of about six men wielding weapons outside a convenience store near the border of Los Altos and Mountain View Saturday night (June 26), a police spokeswoman said.

The victims, a 15-year-old from Stockton, an 18-year-old from Santa Clara and a 19-year-old from Sunnyvale -- all male -- told police they were confronted shortly before 10 p.m. as they left a 7-Eleven in the 600 block of South Rengstorff Avenue, between El Camino Real and Latham Street, according to Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

The victims, who gave slightly different accounts, said about six men, ranging in age from 20 to 30, jumped them and that some of the assailants were armed with what Wylie described as "a brick like object," as well as a sharp object -- perhaps a pen or a screwdriver -- but not a knife.

The suspects remain at large.

All three victims had injuries, but declined offers of transportation to the hospital, Wylie said. The 15-year-old had welts and lumps on head and face and three small puncture wounds on shoulder and back; the 18-year-old only had complaints of head pain and the 19-year-old had puncture wounds on his arm.

Before attacking the three teens, the men said "gang-related" things, Wylie said. She declined to elaborate on what may have been said, but added that police have a few "very significant leads" in the case. At this time, she said, police believe the attackers to be a part of a gang, but are not sure whether the victims are in a gang; they indicated that they were not, she said. A Mountain View gang-suppression team is working on the case.

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Posted by which city is more dangerous
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Which city is more dangerous, East Palo Alto or Mountain View?

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Posted by da cops
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

mt. view cops always hang out in starbucks or peets . go there with a videocam and post it on you tube. cops hanging out where people want to just relax. we dont need cops with guns in coffee houses!! at around 5 in the afternoon cops always go into peetes. post video on you tube. cops hang out at starbucks wasting tax dollars. too many police!

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Posted by Jimenez
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Who cares - they have their radios, and they can respond to a call from anywhere. They probably save gas. Waiting around is a huge part of their job - if we could predict where and when they'd be needed then I agree it would be a waste, but we can't exactly do that can we.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Jun 30, 2010 at 5:15 pm

That part of Mountain View has always been iffy - too many apartments in such a small area.

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Posted by stretch
a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm

When I lived in Mountain View, six years ago, I didn't even like parking at that store and leaving the car to buy something. Has nothing to do with the number of apartments, but rather the low-life who hang out in front of the 7-11.

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Posted by lomidee
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm

"South of Midtown neighborhood"... that must be a joke right? East Palo Alto is obviously more dangerous than Mountain View go look up the crime rate

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Posted by Safety Conscious
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 30, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Sounds like the sort of gang initiation that's happening in the Sacramento area, where people getting out of bars or convenience stores get beaten up. At least, that's one theory the police offer...

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Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Jul 1, 2010 at 6:41 am

Sounds like the Mountain View gang-suppression team is looking into the matter. Are other cities fortunate enough to have gang-suppression teams?

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Posted by Earl
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

its just a 7-11. sorry. but anywhere you go, 7-11 is just sketchy. this sucks for the kids.

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Posted by Gangs in MV?
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 4, 2010 at 7:44 am

According to any one I talk to in Mountain View, there are no gangs in Mountain View. There are also no gangs in the schools, despite there being a dedicated officer to work with youths on avoiding gangs. Mountain View is in denial.

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Posted by .MV:.
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

hahaha those fools were probably chaps.. Surenos control Mountain View

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