Mountain View police seek witness accounts of car ramming, beating

Mountain View Police detectives seek witnesses to a series of assaults Saturday (May 26) that left three people injured, including a woman allegedly rammed by a vehicle and then rescued by bystanders who flipped it over.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the injured remained hospitalized and no arrests had been made, according to Katie Nelson, police spokeswoman. She described the detectives’ investigation as “preliminary.”

The incident took place at approximately 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the Sports Page bar and grill, located in the 1000 block of Plymouth Street, according to police reports. Officers who responded learned the injured consisted of a man and a woman and a second man they had argued with inside the restaurant. The three had continued their disagreement outside, where the lone man allegedly used his four-door Ford vehicle (model unspecified) to strike the other two.

While some bystanders allegedly extracted the driver from the vehicle and attacked him, others flipped the vehicle on its side to remove the woman, who was pinned beneath, Nelson said.

Most of the witnesses to the vehicle strike and the driver’s beating left the scene before police arrived, and any additional information they can provide about what transpired is valuable, according to Nelson. Witnesses should contact Detective Dan Garcia at 903-6624.

This article will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Police Blotter, Week of May 16 - 23

Auto burglary

May 17, 7:33 p.m.: 1500 block of North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View

May 17, 7:30 p.m.: 1500 block of North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View

Transient arrested for harassing teller

A transient accused of harassing a teller at a downtown Los Altos bank last week faces a felony charge of making criminal threats.

Katana Moody, 29, walked into the Comerica Bank on Third Street at approximately 3 p.m. May 9 and threatened to slap a female employee, according to Los Altos Police Department Sgt. Ryan Burke. Moody then refused orders to leave the bank.

Burglars pose as utility workers in distraction scam

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office issued a warning last week about “distraction burglars” that disproportionally target seniors.

Local police departments have been receiving reports about attempted burglars who pose as utility company workers. The scam begins with a knock on the door and a “worker” saying that he or she needs to come inside to assess equipment or discuss a bill. The scammers sometimes approach homeowners offering vehicle repair, roof work or driveway cement repair. In a few instances, they have even posed as animal control officers, claiming that a dangerous animal may be in the backyard.

Fried ride: transient accused of forcing man to drive him to KFC

A 21-year-old transient faces a slew of charges after allegedly hopping into a stranger’s car and forcing the man to ferry him to a Mountain View KFC restaurant.

Alberto Ulloa-Avila

Mountain View Police officers arrested Alberto Ulloa-Avila shortly after Saturday’s incident and charged him with kidnapping, making criminal threats, vehicle theft, violating a protective order and driving on a suspended license.

The carjacking started in downtown San Jose at approximately 3 a.m. According to a Mountain View Police Department report, Ulloa-Avila climbed into a 31-year-old San Jose man’s car as the driver attempted to find a parking spot near the intersection of Santa Clara and 14th streets. Ulloa-Avila allegedly demanded the driver take him wherever he desired under threat of physical harm.

The intended destination, apparently, was the KFC located in the 600 block of West El Camino Real in Mountain View. The report indicates Ulloa-Avila attempted to rob the driver upon their arrival and then commandeered the vehicle when the driver evaded him on foot. He chased the victim across El Camino Real, which is where police officers found the pair when they responded to calls about the crime. They arrested Ulloa-Avila without further incident.

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Police Blotter, Week of April 23-30

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April 28, 10:58 p.m.: 1100 block of North Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View

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