Man robbed at San Antonio Road Caltrain station

Victim robbed, assaulted by three men Thursday night

Three men, one of whom carried a gun, beat and robbed a San Francisco man at the San Antonio Road Caltrain station on Thursday night, police said.

The 32-year-old victim was walking to catch a northbound train at about 8:50 p.m. when he was initially approached by two men who demanded his laptop, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Jaime Garrett.

Even though one of the assailants displayed his gun to the victim, he did not give up his laptop, Garrett said. There was a struggle as the robbers attempted to pull the man's computer away from him. During the scuffle, a third thief appeared, and all three men beat the man with their fists, hitting him in the face multiple times.

After the three men pried the laptop away from the victim they fled the scene on foot, she said. The San Francisco man only got a look at two of his attackers, describing them as black males in their 20s, wearing black clothing.

Garrett encouraged anyone who comes in contact with an armed would-be robber to comply with demands.

"Your personal safety is the most important thing," she said. "If a robber has a gun, we want to make sure you make it out of the situation."

Police are looking for more witnesses and say all tips may be made anonymously to 650-903-6344.

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Posted by lives close to Mountain View
a resident of South of Midtown
on Dec 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

That's 2 armed robberies in Mountain View in the past week, both near the Palo Alto border. And that's not to mention the gang war last weekend, also close to the Palo Alto border.

Mountain View is a real wild and crazy place. Just a matter of time before the crime wave spreads into Palo Alto.

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Posted by lives in PA
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm

These are probably the same guys who've been mugging people near downtown Palo Alto over the past month. Same type of robbery.

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 3, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Better get a good description, we dont want the police to stop the wrong "people".

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Is this a silicon valley thing? The guy is willing to risk his life for a laptop?

I would have said "sure, take it" and handed it over.

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Posted by popo
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm

they always still stop black even though whites rob banks etc.

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Posted by profiler
a resident of South of Midtown
on Dec 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Profiling white people, even with a specific description, is political suicide.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm

After a number of assaults and robberies on the SF T-line, security cameras were installed. The incidents have gone way down. Maybe Caltrans can install some security cameras at the San Antonio and University Avenue stations.

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Posted by scary
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Don't keep valuable data or secrets on your laptop.
It's a sad truth that polices simply suggest you to cooperate with the criminals instead of crack them down.

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