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MVPD arrests man for alleged batteries, continues search for victims

The Mountain View Police Department arrested 52-year-old Felipe de Jesus Meza Prieto Jan. 9 in connection with two sexual batteries reported the evening before. 

Felipe Prieto
Prieto

At approximately 5:20 p.m. Jan. 9, officers responded to a report on the 500 block of Central Avenue that a man had tried to push his way into a home. When officers arrived, the woman who lived at the home said that just moments prior, someone had been pounding loudly on her door.

When the woman looked out to see who it was, the peephole had been covered. When she opened her door partially to see who was there, the suspect attempted to push past her and move into the house.

The victim was able to close the door and call the police. An officer who responded to the call observed Prieto, who matched the description of the suspect, at Central and Santa Rosa avenues.

When the officer stopped him, the officer quickly realized that Prieto also matched the description of a sexual battery suspect from the evening before who had inappropriately grabbed at least two women on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View and continued walking. It was estimated that the event took place between 5:30 and 5:40 p.m. Jan. 8.

Police arrested Prieto on suspicion of burglary, assault with intent to commit felony and sexual battery.

“I want to commend our patrol officer’s quick thinking in connecting this man to the crimes we had begun investigating not even 24 hours before,” said MVPD Sgt. Dan Vicencio. “Every person should feel safe in Mountain View, and no one should be subjected to what Prieto did to the women this week.”

Detectives believe there may be additional victims in both the sexual batteries and in cases in which Prieto has attempted to force his way into a home. Anyone who may be a victim, or know someone who may be a victim, should email Vicencio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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