Robber shoots man in leg in Mountain View

Pellet gun stolen in hold up on Del Medio Avenue

A Mountain View man was shot in the leg with a handgun and robbed of his pellet gun Monday afternoon (June 27), police said.

The victim, who was taken to a local hospital for surgery, told police that he was in his driveway, located in the 200 block of Del Medio Avenue in Mountain View, when he was approached by two men who demanded his wallet at about 1:10 p.m., according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

The 53-year-old Mountain View man refused to give the robbers his wallet, and both men attacked him, Wylie said. During the fight, one of the assailants shot the victim once in the thigh with what police called a semi-automatic handgun.

The bullet went all the way through his thigh, Wylie said. Wylie could not confirm the man's condition, though she referred to his wound as a "serious injury."

The robbers did not take the man's wallet. However, they did steal a pellet gun, which the victim was holding at the time of the robbery, Wylie said. Apparently, the man was walking out of his garage with a pellet gun to shoot at a bird that was pestering him when he was approached by the robbers.

The robbers, described as a black male and Hispanic male in their late teens or early 20s, fled in a black sedan with a rear spoiler. They were last seen driving south on Del Medio Avenue.

— Nick Veronin

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Posted by George K.
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

Something tells me we haven't gotten to the bottom of this one yet. Who is pestered by a bird at 1:00 in the afternoon? Granted, at 4am Melozone crissalis has driven me to drink, but presumably this fellow was awake.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

This is just one block from San Antonio Road - this is the street where the Lozano car wash is but down by Alma instead of up by El Camino.

So, Palo Alto seems like it is starting to become a place there roving thugs with guns are attacking people and robbing them. Is there nothing we do about this ... and what is the arrest rate on this crime that seems to be in the news more often?

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Posted by George K.
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

So anon, you _really_ think the victim was being pestered by a bird? And that they forgot to steal his wallet, the purported purpose of the pinch? A little bird--and not a pest, nay, not this little finch--has sung in my ear the tune of someone who was waving about something that looked like a gun but wasn't, and attracted the wrong sort of attention.

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Posted by Bird Watcher
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:05 am


Hmmm. I've actually never heard a towhee sing at night. My vote for the "bird most likely to annoy by singing loudly at inappropriate times" would be Mimus polyglottos ;^) ...

As to the event in question here, the thugs must have been pretty tough customers to approach a guy carrying what appeared to be a rifle. If the victim had been an open carrier packing a 9mm handgun, would a firefight have ensued?

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Posted by MissingSongbirds
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

At 1pm, I'm voting on Corvus brachyrhynchos. These loud suckers wake me up every morning. I miss the songbirds who used to herald the dawn with melody. Now I'm stuck with these noisy birds fighting with the noisy squirrels.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Southgate
on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

less firefighters, more cops.

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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

While you are voting for birds I am voting for this story to end up not quite as reported, why would you walk up to a guy carrying a rifle and try to steal his wallet, and then only steal his gun? It just doesn't ring true.

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Posted by TippiHendren
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

Birds bother me all the time.

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Posted by George K.
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Sing? If only they did. You know that chirp your smoke alarm makes when the battery is getting weak? Imagine that 30 times a minute. Or a group of Cub Scouts wearing sneakers on a basketball court. Squeak squeak squeak. A couple years ago I lived in South PA and I had a Mimus polyglottos competing with the towhee. All night long. That's being pestered, I say.

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Posted by TipiHendren
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Many pellet guns do not resemble rifles, but instead look like handguns. All the same...this story is one of those 'things that make you go hmmm'

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Monroe Park
on Jun 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I live in the neighborhood where this incident took place. I can believe that he was being "pestered" by birds, because about a month ago lots of extremely noisy crows invaded this neighborhood. Very early one weekend morning a couple weeks ago they were crowing their at their loudest, waking everyone up; and it wouldn't surprise me if someone who owned a pellet gun or something similar would want to go after them!

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