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.