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East Bay men arrested after failed robbery near Google

Courtesy of the Mountain View Police Department

Mountain View Police Department detectives Tuesday (Aug. 15) arrested two East Bay men who attempted to steal a laptop by causing its owner to fall from a moving vehicle.

San Pablo resident Luis Bravo, 20, and El Cerrito resident Bomani Bassette, 19, were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on charges of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping during a robbery. Emergency responders treated the victim at the scene for minor injuries he sustained in the incident.

Law enforcement officials responding to reports of a robbery in the 1600 block of Amphitheatre Parkway near Google’s campus discovered a Nissan sedan smashed into a utility pole, according to a police department press release.

The victim told police he arranged to meet with Bravo and Bassette to sell his laptop, and they coaxed him into the car so they could inspect it, according to the release. While one of the suspects examined the computer, the other pretended to offer the victim cash through a car window.

“As the victim reached to take the money, the driver of the car quickly accelerated through a parking lot in an attempt to get the victim to fall out of the car – and to subsequently not get the money he was owed in the transaction,” according to the release

The suspects eventually managed to dislodge the victim, and he tumbled from the sedan and began yelling, attracting help from a passerby and a Google security guard, according to the release. Meanwhile, the sedan struck the pole and the suspects attempted to run, but officers quickly apprehended them.

Bassette and Bravo are being held at the Santa Clara County Jail without bail. Their first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

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Water spills into streets of LA, LAH

Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
Cal Water workers repair a burst pipe on Magdalena Road, near Dawnridge Drive, on Aug. 9.

Two incidents last week left some local streets wetter than normal for a summer day.

The first incident occurred in Los Altos Hills at approximately noon Aug. 9 on Magdalena Road, near Dawnridge Drive. A pickup truck hit a fire hydrant, causing it to spew water into the air, according to Cal Water Customer Service Manager Scott Povio. Cal Water, in conjunction with the Santa Clara County Fire Department, made the repair.

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New traffic and student pick-up/drop-off rules:

Police Blotter


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July 31, 10:24 a.m.: 800 block of Castro Street, Mountain View

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Mountain View police last week reported two recent, separate incidents involving telephone scammers and apparent extortion.

Police said the callers demanded money in exchange for the safety of a loved one who either had been purportedly kidnapped or involved in a traffic collision.

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After learning the importance of caring for people while growing up in Los Altos, Mike Taber hopes his new role as the Mountain View Police Department’s first community outreach officer will be his legacy when he retires.

“I’ve always really cared about people,” said Taber, the son of a nurse and a fireman. “Once this position got announced, I knew right away it was for me, and I immediately started … doing everything I could to learn about the position.”

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