- Published on Wednesday, 04 April 2012 01:00
- Written by Town Crier Staff Report
Three separate incidents in Mountain View, Los Altos Hills and Los Altos had police and school officials on high alert last week.
In Mountain View, police continue to investigate a report that a man lunged at a 9-year-old student at Bubb Elementary School Thursday before fleeing the scene.
According to a police department statement, the man was stretching against a tetherball pole at approximately 8:45 a.m. Thursday. When the student, returning to class from the restroom, came within 6 feet of him, police said, he lunged at her and then ran off.
The man was described as a heavyset white male in his 50s, wearing a navy-blue polo shirt and gray jeans.
“The Mountain View Whisman School District immediately instituted a buddy system for any student who needed to leave class for any reason,” according to the police department statement. “Parents were also notified of the incident. Police officers provided extra presence on campuses as the schools let out early due to a minimum day.”
in Los Altos Hills
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department classified an incident in Los Altos Hills that occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. Thursday as an attempted kidnapping. A sheriff’s spokesman said the incident was unrelated to the Bubb episode.
A woman in her early 20s was running near the corner of Hillview Road and Hilltop Drive when a man driving a new Ford F-150 pickup blocked her path, according to Lt. Don Morrissey.
When the woman tried to maneuver around the truck, the driver blocked her again.
When she turned to run the other way, the driver, described as in his 20s or 30s with brown hair and a brown baseball hat, paralleled her slowly. She eventually escaped and called the sheriff’s department from her cellphone.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived in force, the suspect had already fled.
“Be vigilant,” Morrissey said. “If you see something, don’t be afraid to call us.”
Suspicion diffused in Los Altos
Los Altos police officers received reports of a suspicious person lingering outside St. Simon Parish School on Grant Road Thursday. When approached by a school administrator, the suspect fled via bicycle on Foothill Expressway.
Capt. Andy Galea said that after investigation, police believe the suspect was a cyclist waiting for friends.
“It appears at this time that there was no crime,” Galea said.
Mountain View and Los Altos police officers have determined that the Bubb, Los Altos Hills and St. Simon incidents are unrelated.
Local schools react
Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier last week issued an email to parents to alert them to the incidents and inform them of the precautions school staff plan to take.
Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves asked families to discuss exercising caution around strangers.