Police Blotter

Crew raises stink over porta-potty

Los Altos police last week responded to a spat between construction contractors that started over the use of a porta-potty and ended when one worker maliciously threw a sledgehammer at another man.

The incident began when a construction contractor’s white Ford Ranger pickup pulled up in front of a job site on the 1800 block of Robles Ranch Road. A passenger quickly exited the truck to use a porta-potty stationed at the site but was admonished moments later by an on-site worker for not obtaining permission first.

Police noted that while the passenger apologized, the truck’s driver began yelling at the on-site worker for scolding his acquaintance. The argument became more heated and the driver eventually reached into the truck bed and picked up a 5-pound sledgehammer, while the worker simultaneously reached for a carpenter’s hammer. The driver heaved the sledgehammer in the worker’s direction – missing his target – before jumping in the truck and driving hurriedly away from the scene.

The on-site worker subsequently contacted police, who are now seeking to identify the driver.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

MVPD arrest three connected to scam

The Mountain View Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit last week made three arrests in connection with a series of armed robberies that occurred earlier this year on Tyrella Avenue.

Police arrested Mountain View resident Nazario Cruz along with a juvenile after serving a warrant on the 50 block of Evandale Avenue.

In addition, police arrested Jose Urias after issuing a warrant on the 300 block of East O’Keefe Street in East Palo Alto.

The three suspects were taken into custody without incident, a department spokesman said.

“We have been working diligently on this case since the original incident in May of this year,” said Mountain View Detective Kevin Galloway. “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.”

According to police, the suspects posed online as females seeking blind dates. The scam included a request by the supposed female to have the victims supply a large amount of cash so that they could watch her roll around in it. The scheme lured male victims to a designated meeting place, where two men robbed them, one of whom was believed to be in possession of a firearm.

There were three confirmed incidents of robbery using the scam in Mountain View, Galloway said.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Galloway at 903-6150, ext. 6624.

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