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Mob uses bats, chains in Mountain View attack

Police arrest 15, some at gunpoint; victims suffer multiple injuries

A group of at least 15 men, wielding bats, chains and metal rods, attacked two men Sunday afternoon as they were walking in the 2200 block of California Street in Mountain View.

The two victims, ages 18 and 25, both from Mountain View, suffered injuries that sent them to the hospital, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The 18-year-old, who was taken by ambulance to the hospital, had multiple lacerations on his head and face, a broken orbital socket and a broken hand. The 25-year-old, who first fled and was driven to the hospital by a relative, had a laceration on his head, a small puncture wound to the stomach and two small puncture wounds on his hand.

All of the suspects fled the scene, many of them in cars, which witnesses described to police, Wylie said. Police later located three cars matching witnesses' descriptions -- a Lincoln Aviator, a Ford Windstar and an Acura Integra. In the Windstar, officers found a metal bar, knives, a baseball bat and a golf club; a baseball bat was found in the Integra.

"We don't know what was used and what was not used," Wylie said. Neither victim appeared to have been stabbed with a knife, she said.

"Every available officer responded, plus officers from Palo Alto," Wylie said.

Police canvassed the area on foot and detained several suspects at gunpoint. Ultimately 12 adults and three juveniles were arrested.

Police believe the incident was gang related but are not sure of what may have motivated the attack, Wylie said. Police have not ruled out that some suspects may have gotten away.

Anyone with more information is encouraged to call the Mountain View Police Department at 650-903-6344. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Posted by improving
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

Palo Alto Online is improving. The crime happens on Sunday and they only take 2 days to report on it.

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Posted by Picky Picky
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 30, 2010 at 9:12 am

Gee Golly Whiz, improving, I can't understand why they didn't check with the Mt. View police on Sunday, just on the off chance that something bad happened there. I'm sure they don't have any other things to check on Monday either. What is wrong with these lazy reporters? What's more important, what is wrong with you?

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Posted by Scott
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

Yes, "Improving", why the cynicism/criticism? Perhaps the police didn't tell them about it until yesterday, after yesterday's daily email went out. There are other possible explanations besides the one which automatically assumes incompetence. Let's focus instead on the event itself, which was tragic and scary. An obviously pre-planned, group attack in broad daylight in a residential neighborhood is cause for concern.

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Posted by David
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 30, 2010 at 10:47 am

Have you ever thought that the police delay making an announcement on these cases so that they can work on their investigation without spooking off potential suspects or witnesses? Just because the press is not instantly posting a news article on the incident does not mean that they are not aware of what is occurring in our city. Reporters and news people with any integrity often sit on a story and delay printing to work with the law enforcement agencies without prematurely reporting and hindering an active ongoing investigation. No, I do not work for the police departments, but have great respect for them.

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Posted by JImbo
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 30, 2010 at 11:29 am

I own a baseball bat and an Acura Integra. I think I'm a suspect....

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Posted by improving
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 30, 2010 at 11:32 am

This story was published in other newspapers on Monday morning, including quotes from the police.

It was even discussed in this forum on Sunday afternoon. Interesting that that thread was censored to remove references to other news reports. Web Link

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Posted by commonsense
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 30, 2010 at 11:55 am


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Posted by Bonnie
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm

This is like something from the movie "The Gangs of New York." 150 years ago.

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Posted by Giovas
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm

It's an evergrowing problem of GANGS taking over this area especially the California/Rengstorff area. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] I am Hispanic and in our community it is no secret that Northern and Southern Mexican gangs are constantly targeting each other over meaningless things such as he said she said nonesense especially the younger generation who are trying to assert themselves by being more ruthless. A few months ago my daughters friend both good kids, was found guilty of stabbing another boy in front of a 7 eleven just because the other boy was friends with rivals. These kids dont even know the atrocities real gangsters are capable of but are always too eager to show how bad ass they are, and it has really become an epidemic in our society even in quiet little Mountain View.

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Posted by Commander McBragg
a resident of another community
on Nov 30, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 1, 2010 at 9:54 am

The real problem here is the gang violence not the reporting of it. Unfortunately, the comments to this story reflect the current attitude of general negativism instead of how we might solve some of these problems.

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:06 am

Talk about "shooting the messenger." I'm very happy to get this news free and to my email. The Palo Alto Weekly/Online does a great job. Yes, let's stick to the subject of the article for commentary.

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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

Giovas' comments seem to capture the reality of the situation very well. Those bringing their foreign gang affiliations & actions to the U.S. should be expelled if they are not naturalized U.S. citizens. Short of that, the parents at the school the kids go to should band together and demand that the offending kids' parents regain control of their sons' lives.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Chris Zaharias, I was thinking the same thing. The parents need to demand more help from the cops as well. These problems have been going on for quite awhile. I recall gang problems on Calif Street 20 years ago & used much caution when I visited friends there. I'm sorry to read the problems continue.

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Posted by Casper48
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm

This incident is 'way too similar to one I witnessed several weeks ago in front of the liquor store on California next to Target. Several males and at least one female attacked a young male with either a bat or a large rod. Even though MVPD was called, everyone scattered before the police arrived -- almost like they had an escape route preplanned.

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Posted by Morgan
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Thank you, thank you to the brave Police personnel involved in apprehending these criminals. I just happened to be driving down California at the time the victim lay bloody and motionless in the driveway of an area home. Not minutes later, as I continued on down the road to Safeway, stunned with the image of the beaten man, I see a surreal scene; officers, guns drawn and heinous, evil, angry, looking men being cuffed and loaded into police cars. THANK YOU for stopping these "guys" in their tracks, instantly. I can't imagine risking my own life to protect a sometimes seemingly ungrateful public.
Thank you.

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Posted by Benneta
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 1, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Calling all Hispanic Role Models. Its time to be seen and heard.
Either it's bias reporting or close to 90% of reported crimes involve Hispanic males.
I'm sorry for the families and communities who are affiliated with these guys. I'm sure it's not what they hoped and prayed their sons would turn out to be.

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