Downtown Mountain View fight ends in murder charges

A fight in downtown Mountain View over the weekend led to the stabbing death of a 55-year-old man, police reported.

MV stabbing
Courtesy of MVPD
Murder suspect Jan Neal

Mountain View Police Department detectives arrested Marin County resident Jan Neal, 43, and charged him with murder after the stabbing victim succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. Officials had not released the name or city of residence of the other man by Monday (Nov. 6) when the Town Crier went to press.

The incident took place at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 4) in a courtyard adjacent to Mountain View City Hall and the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, both located in the 500 block of Castro Street, according to police reports.

Responding officers discovered Neal attacking the other man and attempted to stop him, they reported. One officer deployed a Taser, yet Neal would not stop stabbing. Eventually, the officers restrained Neal, and one of them used an Individual First Aid Kit, or IFAK, to treat the stabbing victim.

Emergency responders transported both men to area hospitals for treatment, according to police. Neal was medically cleared and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on attempted murder charges. The 55-year-old man’s condition was initially described as serious but stable, but he later died, and Neal’s charges were enhanced to reflect that.

As of the Town Crier’s deadline, the police department had not released information about whether the two men knew each other or what might have caused the fight.

A showing of “The Prince of Egypt,” scheduled 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, was temporarily disrupted by the crime scene investigation, and the police department apologized for the inconvenience.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Dan Garcia at 903-6624.

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