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Palo Alto man arrested after attack at Mountain View auto parts store

Suspect yelled at employees, hit customer with carburetor cover

A Palo Alto man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a dust-up at an O'Reilly Auto Parts in Mountain View, where he allegedly yelled at employees, attacked another customer with a carburetor cover and hit a car when he left, police said.

Witnesses told police that the man, later identified as David Oakley, had come into the store on the 2600 block of California Street at about 2:50 p.m. and was upset that he had been given the wrong car part, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. Oakley allegedly struck another customer with a carburetor cover and attempted to punch an employee before leaving the store, Nelson said.

Oakley got into his vehicle to leave the parking lot, and reportedly struck a car on the way out, Nelson said.

Police tracked down Oakley at his home in Palo Alto at around 4 p.m. A witness said he spotted about a half-dozen squad cars in the area. Nelson said the number of officers sent was out of an abundance of caution, given Oakley's aggressive actions in the auto parts store.

"It was just a matter of public safety in response to his aggression," Nelson said. "They asked him to come out and he came out after a few minutes."

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Oakley was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, and resisting arrest. During the arrest, Oakley allegedly kicked an officer and tried to kick out the window of the patrol car. He was booked into Santa Clara County Jail without bail.

The customer who was hit with the carburetor cover suffered minor injuries and declined medical attention.

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Palo Alto man arrested after attack at Mountain View auto parts store

Suspect yelled at employees, hit customer with carburetor cover

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Mon, Feb 13, 2017, 12:32 pm

A Palo Alto man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a dust-up at an O'Reilly Auto Parts in Mountain View, where he allegedly yelled at employees, attacked another customer with a carburetor cover and hit a car when he left, police said.

Witnesses told police that the man, later identified as David Oakley, had come into the store on the 2600 block of California Street at about 2:50 p.m. and was upset that he had been given the wrong car part, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. Oakley allegedly struck another customer with a carburetor cover and attempted to punch an employee before leaving the store, Nelson said.

Oakley got into his vehicle to leave the parking lot, and reportedly struck a car on the way out, Nelson said.

Police tracked down Oakley at his home in Palo Alto at around 4 p.m. A witness said he spotted about a half-dozen squad cars in the area. Nelson said the number of officers sent was out of an abundance of caution, given Oakley's aggressive actions in the auto parts store.

"It was just a matter of public safety in response to his aggression," Nelson said. "They asked him to come out and he came out after a few minutes."

Oakley was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, and resisting arrest. During the arrest, Oakley allegedly kicked an officer and tried to kick out the window of the patrol car. He was booked into Santa Clara County Jail without bail.

The customer who was hit with the carburetor cover suffered minor injuries and declined medical attention.

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parent
Downtown North
on Feb 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm
parent, Downtown North
on Feb 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm
8 people like this

Is a mug shot of the accused available?


parent
Downtown North
on Feb 13, 2017 at 4:26 pm
parent, Downtown North
on Feb 13, 2017 at 4:26 pm
8 people like this

Mountain View Police posted a mugshot on their website: Web Link


parent
Downtown North
on Feb 14, 2017 at 9:43 am
parent, Downtown North
on Feb 14, 2017 at 9:43 am
10 people like this

Very curious that when a dangerous criminal is a local white man, there is a resounding silence in this forum. When a minority is accused of a petty crime, there are wild calls to deport them (even if they were born here).


The Wolf
Atherton
on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm
The Wolf, Atherton
on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm
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Lee
Mountain View
on Feb 17, 2017 at 6:35 am
Lee, Mountain View
on Feb 17, 2017 at 6:35 am
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Mark
Green Acres
on Feb 17, 2017 at 11:21 am
Mark, Green Acres
on Feb 17, 2017 at 11:21 am
5 people like this

"Very curious that when a dangerous criminal is a local white man, there is a resounding silence in this forum. When a minority is accused of a petty crime, there are wild calls to deport them (even if they were born here)"

Ok, I'll bite. He should be deported back to Colorado! Satisfied? @parent


Cowlick
Charleston Gardens
on Feb 24, 2017 at 3:08 pm
Cowlick, Charleston Gardens
on Feb 24, 2017 at 3:08 pm
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