Rampaging teen smashes up Mountain View store

Boy, 15, arrested Saturday night

A Mountain View teenager was arrested after allegedly going on a destructive rampage through a Latham Street convenience store Saturday night, and then violently resisting police officers, a police spokeswoman said.

The teen charged at his arresting officers while cursing at them, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. Inside the squad car, the 15-year-old bashed his head against the partition, and spat blood at an officer who attempted to check on the teenager's condition, she said.

The incident began around 11:52 p.m. on July 23 at the 7-Eleven located at 1905 Latham St., Wylie said. According to the store's clerk, the teen approached the checkout counter with a pair of bolt cutters, demanded money and then hit the glass countertop, causing it to shatter.

The clerk did not give the boy any money, Wylie said. Instead, he locked himself inside the store's office and called 911.

While the clerk was locked inside the office, the teen struck the office door with the bolt cutters and broke glass bottles and jars, along with two hot-dog-warming displays, Wylie said. The teen then fled without taking anything.

Police officers found a suspect matching the clerk's description of the would-be robber nearby.

"The suspect was not detained easily," Wylie wrote in an email describing the incident. The teen "shouted obscenities" at the officers while running toward them, which prompted the officers to draw their electric stun guns and deploy a police dog.

Once the teen saw the police dog he complied with the officer's orders and lay down on the ground, Wylie said. However, while on the ground he continued to cuss at the officers and refused to stand up on his own after he was handcuffed. When the officers lifted him up, he tried to flee while shackled.

The police finally managed to get the teen inside a squad car, Wylie said, but the chaos didn't end there, as the boy began hitting his head on the plastic partition between the front and back seat, causing a two-inch cut on his forehead. He also tried to kick the doors out.

When an officer attempted to check on the teen's condition, the boy spat blood at the officer, Wylie said.

The boy was taken to the hospital, treated for his injuries and booked into juvenile hall, Wylie said.

— Mountain View Voice Staff

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Posted by poboy
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jul 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm

what, you think your country is so goody two shoes/ do you truly believe the mass media? your choice.

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Posted by tazer
a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Why didn't the cops just zap him? The police in San Francisco or Oakland would not be so patient with a violent and abusive individual.

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Posted by cops
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Can our cops also catch criminals such as those on wall street or the ones who make the laws to extort money from our tax payers.Every where every country is the same.

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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Good thing the dog didn't bite. The poor pooch might have ended up with rabies.

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Posted by Les
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Cops from Midtown, it's very apparent that you're attempting to draw attention to a larger issue, and one that most of us would be in agreement. The white collar, Wall Street criminals should certainly be pursued and prosecuted. I have read many other similar references on this forum. However, the crimes we most often read about require the response of the front line, first responding officers. They are not charged with the primary responsibility of tracking down Wall Street criminals. Looks like they have their hands full dealing with violent thugs like this fellow in Mtn. View or the guys shooting up East Palo Alto. I agree with you in principle, but let's keep it in perspective.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 26, 2011 at 12:13 am

Reports of this type of incident don't generally elicit constructive commentary. What can you say? Nobody got shot. Sounds like the police acted more like paramedics than arresting officers. That's meant to be a compliment. This kid definitely needs help, and as a minor we probably won't find out his history or record of previous offenses. Can the parents still be held financially responsible for damages? Or do we all just get stuck paying higher prices at 7-Eleven?

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Posted by No surprise
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

Male aggression and violence is promoted in the movies, on tv, in games, and in football.
Why should we be surprised when one of them loses control and imitates what he has seen so often. Not to mention the promotion of beer and liquor that goes along with all of them.

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Posted by George K.
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 26, 2011 at 10:55 am

It's times like this when I'm thankful "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid" was just a bad movie sequel, and not reality. Because if this were a giant teen, it would have been even worse.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 27, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Hey kid ... what's up with the unacceptable behavior ? Eh ?

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm

BUT ... what do you want to bet that at some point when this has blown over this kid takes what he has learned in this failure and applies it towards improving his criminality in the future?

I believe that the vast majority of people who do stuff like this are doing it all through their lives in one way or another.

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