Man attacked in Mountain View attempted robbery

Red Rock employee assaulted when he tried to prevent his bike from being stolen

An employee of Red Rock Coffee was injured Saturday when he tried to stop a man from stealing his bicycle, which was locked to a pole outside of the popular Mountain View cafe on Castro Street.

The Red Rock employee said he saw a man walking off with his bicycle, around 11:10 a.m. on April 14. When he ran outside to confront the man, the suspect punched him twice in the face and hit him over the head with a heavy object inside a black plastic bag, said Mountain View Police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The victim hung on to his bicycle during the attack, she said.

The suspect suddenly stopped and threatened to come back and hurt the victim before he ran off into the parking lots in the 200 block of Castro Street, said Wylie. Police officers set up a perimeter and following a brief chase, arrested a 31-year-old Sunnyvale man found hiding between the Center for Performing Arts and the Mountain View Library, she said. Craig Jordan was identified by the victim and arrested on charges of robbery, making criminal threats, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a methamphetamine pipe and resisting arrest, Wylie said.

The victim, who suffered cuts, scratches and welts on his face and head, was treated at the scene by paramedics, Wylie said.


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Posted by bike owner
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

Was this a a professional thief carrying lock cutting tools? I want to know what I'm up against when if I visit downtown Mountain View.

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Posted by kongjie
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:25 am

kongjie is a registered user.

Sounds more like a professional drug user looking for quick cash for another score. It would nonetheless be interesting to know if the lock had been cut, compromised, or if perhaps only the wheel had been locked and the thief was taking the frame and one wheel.

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Posted by punish violent thieves
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

Professional thug is more like it. Do NOT excuse this creep's violent acts either because he is a drug addict (which is a CHOICE!). Lock this bully up and throw away the key. It sounds like the pipe in the black plasstic bag... which thug thieves are using all over our communities. Let us come together and put these thug druggie thieves out of business permanently.

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a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:35 am

My brother Craig Jordan was walking to work at Le Boulanger on Castro St in Mountain View on Saturday when he was approached by Mountain View Police and accused of an assault and attempted robbery of a bike that took place outside of Red Rock Coffee on Castro. Cj was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and supposedly "fit the description" of the attacker. Never did the police verify that Cj worked on Castro St and had reason to be walking the route he was, nor did they check the receipt in his pocket that places him at CVS prior to when the police stopped him. They asked him to remove his glasses and the alleged victim "identified" Cj. Any of u who know Cj know that he is LEGALLY BLIND without his glasses and does NOTHING and goes NOWHERE without them. How would he commit this crime blind?? Cj owns his own bike that he rides to light rail every day and locks it up and rides light rail to work. WHY would he want someone else's bike? And WHY would he attempt to steal a bike on the same street he works on? The MVPD did not do their job and verify the facts nor did the find the right person. The "victim" was most likely pressured into identifying Cj as the attacker so the police could make and arrest and look good. Please help get the facts out there and support OUR FRIEND, BROTHER, AND COUSIN CJ JORDAN by passing this on and/or posting THE FACTS if u have a Facebook.

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Posted by do not excuse drug addicts
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

I lump all these drug (meth and heroin) addicts and thieves together. Do not excuse their behavior! They need the book thrown at them. They are a big problem... I hate it when they blame it on the drugs. They are narcissists who think they are entitled to other people's property and normally were thieves before they did drugs. It is the pattern.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

Again, entitlement. People feeling entitled to appropriate the property of others for their own use. Disgusting. And, don't start this crap about 'hoodies.' Everybody I know owns a hoodie, whether it's a Paly parent or a 13 year old teenager. Trying to start another 'do' rag debate?

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Posted by nolimits
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:15 am

So he WAS nolimits? Thought so. Lucky HE didnt get shot

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Posted by hoodie
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:23 am

I saw Mark Zuckerberg wearing a hoodie downtown recently. Is he going to be Palo Alto's richest resident when his company goes public (any day now)?

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:41 am

Drug addiction is pretty scary. I realize people do have a choice, but in the throes of addiction, when one physically needs the drug, is when choice goes out the window. If you're going to say "throw the book at them" I hope the book includes recovery support and not incarceration. We can't afford to put addicts in our overcrowded jails without first making first time offenders go through mandatory recovery with consquences that really matter if they "choose" to blow off their sobriety.

Please don't lump all of these drug addicts in with hardened criminals. It's very short-sighted and misinformed.

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Posted by ni66apleeeez
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm


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Posted by NI66APLEEZ
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

never trust a nolimits. Even they fmily will support theyre wrong doings

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Posted by ToNolimitsBrother
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Why was he hiding behind the library, and why (like Travyon) did he run when the cop came up on him? Becasue he was on meth? I been looking for a job like forever!! Looks like Le Boulanger is hiring

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Posted by Choose your fashion
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm

The way people look and dress is how they will be perceived. Look like a hood = be treated like a hood. It's sounds all wonderful to believe that everyone will be treated equally based upon their inner beauty, but it's not real life. Oprah, Tiger Woods still face racism, despite their success. People still try to oppress Asians and other ethnicities too. Even someone who appears as white trash won't get much respect if they walk into an expensive clothing store.

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a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

My brother has been fighting a methamphetamine addiction for many years, but has been trying to turn his life around and has been going to work EVERY DAY for 8 months straight at 5 Guys and Le Boulanger. He did have a small amount of the drug on him at the time of his arrest, but he is an addict NOT a violent offender or thief! His addiction should not discredit the truth. The media needs to please get their facts straight before bashing my brother and slandering his name!

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Posted by rellik13jer
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm

cj is a drug addict. but he is never violent. he has never rob or stole from anyone. he does use is own money for his habbit. he need help. all drug addicts do.

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Posted by support cj
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I've known CJ all my life! He would never do such thinks!! I can't wait till these stupid reporters get their stories straight and will show he was at a store when all this happened!!! Once they get things straightened out I hope the Jordan's sew the hell out of the mvpd!!

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