Man injured in Mountain View home invasion

Septuagenarian and caregiver bound by masked gunmen

A 72-year-old man and his female caregiver were the victims of a home-invasion robbery Tuesday morning (Sept. 14) on the 1300 block of Phyllis Avenue, police said.

Dispatchers received a call at 9:15 a.m. reporting that masked gunmen had broken into the Mountain View home and bound the man and his caregiver, police spokeswoman Jaime Garret stated in a press release. After the gunmen burglarized the home and fled, one of the occupants was able to call for help.

Both the man and the woman were still tied up when police arrived, Garret said. The man was struck in the face and was transported to a local hospital for his injuries. Detectives are investigating and it is not know what, if anything, was stolen from the home.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery can call the Mountain View Police Department anonymously at 650-903-6344.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 14, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Why doesn't Palo Alto Online include a description of the alleged assailant? What kind of clothes was he wearing? He may have been masked, but he obviously was a certain height, weight, build and you can often see skin type in the hands or eyes.

We obviously don't have much to work with here.

I hope that they find these criminals. Unfortunately, we don't have much information by which to connect the dots.


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Posted by mtn view resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm

According to reliable sources the criminals were Caucasion

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Posted by andreas
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 15, 2010 at 8:54 am

Dear Palo Alto Weekly: for similar stories (police, etc.) , could you include a link to Google Maps that shows the general address (e.g., 1300 Phyllis Avenue, Mountain View, CA) so we can see where this is?

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Posted by anon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

dear palo alto online and palo alto newspapers in general,

Please stop scaring the #$!* out of Palo Altans. They are already paranoid as it is. This sure doesn't help.

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Posted by be afraid very afraid
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm

those cops who profile have opened a can of worms in society. meaning, no one is going to trust ANY cop. and the word about cops is being spread everywhere.

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Posted by from mv
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Thank you for writing this article, although I don't know why I am reading about this in Palo Alto's newspaper, instead of in Mountain View's newspaper. This is terrible news, but it's something we should be aware of, as local residents.

Hope the old guy recovers soon. Too bad there are no descriptions on the assailants. But situations like that, it must be hard to remember anything, when you're fighting for you life.

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Posted by from mv
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 15, 2010 at 4:48 pm

My mistake. The Mountain View Voice actually has a more detailed article on this.

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Posted by Cynthia
a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2010 at 8:47 am

I recently moved from EPA to San Jose because of the crime. It looks like wherever you are, you can be a victim. Unless the "caretaker" had something to do with this. Which I hope is not the case, we have to be aware at all times. Growing up around crime all the time makes you "aware" all the time, living in communities where you pay more taxes, I assume would make your "awareness" more lax.

Nothing makes me more upset then crimes against the elderly and children. What kind of person would feel the need to strike an elderly person? Maybe their hearing wasn't what it used to be and they couldn't hear the requests for valuables? Karma is a wonderful thing to those who deserve it and the police don't get paid enough to keep up with all the lazy people that choose to take instead of work for it.

Bullies began targeting one of my children, and instead of being a story on this site, (it would have been homicide) I chose to move my family away. I actually did retaliate (the perps were in their 50's), and did receive a restraining order, but the police were on my side, (it's kind of easy to spot a bullie/bullies). That's what these perps were, bullies. Nobody likes bullies, they might fear them, but not respect or admire them.

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