A Mountain View couple returning home to their apartment on Christmas day discovered an unwelcome visitor in their apartment: a 54-year-old homeless man who had barricaded himself inside, police reported Thursday (Jan. 3).
Although unable to gain entry to their home, located in the 200 block of Pamela Drive near the El Camino Real and Highway 237 intersection, one of the victims managed to open the door enough to view the suspect, later identified by the Mountain View Police Department as Alan Jekyll.
Officers arrived at approximately 5 p.m. and tried to convince Jekyll to leave the apartment, according to a police report. About an hour into the operation, he bolted out a sliding glass door, discarding items he had taken from the apartment as he ran. The officers gave chase.
After a short pursuit, one of the officers managed to detain Jekyll, according to the report. The suspect attempted to stab the officer with a large metal key – part of the plundered booty – but his thrusts were thwarted by the officer’s tactical vest; neither man was injured during the scuffle.
The police department charged Jekyll with a litany of crimes: burglary, assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer, assault on a peace officer without injury, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, possession of narcotics and parole violation. He was booked into the Elmood Correctional Facility in Milpitas and is being held without bail.