Police nab suspected Mtn. View blind date robbers

Suspects may have lived near location of Tyrella Ave. robberies

Mountain View police have arrested three teens suspected of tricking several men to come to the 600 block of Tyrella Avenue believing they would have sex on a bed covered in money, only to be robbed of said money.

According to Sgt. Sean Thompson of the Mountain View Police Department, officers arrested 19-year-old Nazario Cruz of Mountain View and an unnamed 17-year-old girl on the morning of Aug. 8 in the 50 block of Evandale Avenue, right around the corner from the area of Tyrella Avenue where the robberies occurred. Another 19-year-old, Jose Urias, was picked up in East Palo Alto around the same time on the 2200 block of Ralmar Avenue.

Investigators believe the young men and teenage girl worked together on at least three occasions to lure three men to the 600 block of Tyrella Avenue -- all of them carrying a large amount of cash and thinking they would be spreading that money on top of a bed before fulfilling the fantasy of a woman they had met online.

The first robbery occurred on May 28, and was followed by two other incidents on May 29 and June 5. The three victims arranged their bogus blind dates on the dating website

In each case, instead of meeting a woman, they were approached from behind by two men -- one with a knife and the other with what appeared to be a gun. Each time the men were robbed of the cash they brought, which ranged from between $1,500 to $2,000.

None of the victims were hurt. A fourth man was almost a victim, but ended up being scared off before going to the Tyrella Avenue location.

The alleged blind date robbers' tactics weren't incredibly smooth, according to Thompson, who said police were able to use the communications sent between the robbers and their victims to trace their respective locations. The fact that the robbers returned to the same location multiple times wasn't the sneakiest move either, Thompson acknowledged.

Still, Thompson wasn't laughing about the bust. "We're very relieved to get these people off the streets," he said, echoing the sentiment of the case's lead investigator, Det. Kevin Galloway.

"We have been working diligently on this case since the original incident in May of this year," Galloway said. "This case was non-trivial and required us to really strategize how we were going to uncover these suspects who were extremely brazen in their tactics."

No money was found in the arrests, though police did recover a pellet gun at the Evandale Avenue location, which may have been used in the robberies.

Thompson said there may have been more robberies committed by these suspects that weren't reported.

"There are three confirmed incidents of this type of robbery occurring here in Mountain View," Galloway said. "If you or anyone you know has information about these cases, or other people related to them, now is the time to contact us."

Galloway can be reached at 650-903-6150 ext. 6624, or one can send MVPD an anonymous SMS tip to 274637 and include "mvtips" in the body of your text.


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Posted by Alex
a resident of Terman Middle School
on Aug 9, 2013 at 9:48 am

Legalize prosts! this wouldn't be an issue then

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

Alex: Why don't we legalize robbing others? That wouldn't be an issue then either!

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Posted by Sheesh
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm

There are still people who don't want to break the law, so legalizing prostitution would encourage prostitution.

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Posted by Kang
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others.

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Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm

P. T. Barnum would have chortled at this news story. "There's a sucker born every minute" definitely describes these poor schnooks!

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Posted by Kristin
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2013 at 7:07 am

I read yesterday that Silicon Valley police are accused of "racial profiling". This is a good example- although MV isn't exactly all white- I wanted to address this issue of so called race profiling. Number One- a dark person would be as out of place as a PA soccer mom would be in downtown Detroit. Trouble makers with an agenda are trying to keep PA/Atherton/etc police officers from doing their job, using racism- the one term NO P.A. person would want to be painted as- an excuse. They are being profiled because THEY LOOK LIKE THEY DON'T BELONG! If I myself were cruising around PA or Atherton, I would be expected to be questioned even though I myself am white, probably would not fit the demographic just based on my clothing and hair style alone. Quit falling for the phony racist card- don't buy into their weak arguments for fear of political incorrectness. It will be your undoing!

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