Two arrested for carjacking, shooting of Mountain View worker


Mountain View Police Department officers have charged two men in connection with a carjacking at a local tire business that resulted in gunshot injuries to an employee there. 

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Mountain View employee shot during carjacking

A Mountain View tire shop employee is recovering from injuries sustained Saturday (Feb. 2) during a carjacking involving gunfire.

The male suspect – still unidentified as of Thursday – shot an America’s Tire employee in the leg; the victim is in stable condition, according to the Mountain View Police Department.

The incident unfolded at approximately 11:30 a.m., according to a police department press release. The suspect approached two employees and stole a vehicle at the business, located at 32 W. El Camino Real, near the Grant Road/Highway 237 intersection. Officers who arrived on scene applied a tourniquet to the victim’s leg to help with the injury. The victim was transported to the hospital.

“He’ll be perfectly fine,” said an America’s Tire employee Thursday. The employee would not comment further.

The police department declined to release additional details about the investigation but classified it as “very active.”

Despite burglary spree, stats show Los Altos crimes decreasing

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Los Altos police arrest transient for bus vandalism Monday

The Los Altos Police Department arrested a homeless man after finding him beating a bus with a hammer late Monday morning, according to Sgt. Steve Spillman.

LAPD officers responded after being called by Mountain View police officers, who arrived first at the scene near Whole Foods on El Camino Real. Since it was their jurisdiction, LAPD took over the investigation at approximately 11 a.m., Spillman said.

The officers detained and booked Jesse Cortinas, 60, on charges of felony vandalism since he caused more than $400 in damages to the exterior of a Santa Clara County Transit bus, Spillman said.

According to the Santa Clara County inmate locator database, Cortinas is behind bars at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas; his bail is set at $26,000. He is scheduled to appear in court at noon Wednesday (Feb. 6) at a location to be determined.

Los Altos post office reopens after malicious flooding

Post Office vandalism
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A post office employee, left, accepts a letter for posting from a customer Tuesday as his colleague, right, hangs caution tape to warn others of a flood at the downtown Los Altos post office. Los Altos Police officers believe someone maliciously placed a running hose in the building.

The post office in downtown Los Altos reopened to customers Wednesday morning (Feb. 6) following a flood that is thought to be an act of vandalism.

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