School’s board member accused of sex acts against students

Mountain View Police Department detectives have arrested a board member of a local afterschool organization after students accused him of inappropriately touching them.

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Yizhuang Liu

Detectives arrested Cupertino resident Yizhuang “John” Liu, 26, on Saturday (Feb. 3) in connection to crimes he allegedly committed at Sanyu Learning Center, an organization on Springer Road that offers Chinese-centered, after-school programming. He faces six counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 with force and one count of continuous sexual assault over a period longer than three months, according to police reports.

The parents of at least two afterschool participants have reported Liu to police since Friday. They said their sons told them Liu had touched them inappropriately over the course of several months.

Investigators believe there could be additional victims, and they are urging anyone with information to email Detective Marco Garcia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sgt. Chris Goff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In addition to serving on Sanyu’s board of directors, Liu volunteered at the organization, according to police reports. It is possible he communicated with victims through a gamer’s social media application known as “Discord.”

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Vehicle strikes teen cyclist in Hills accident

A 13-year-old cyclist is recovering from minor injuries he suffered after colliding with a vehicle Monday morning (Feb. 5) in Los Altos Hills.

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A young cyclist suffered minor injuries following a collision with a vehicle in front of Gardner Bullis Elementary School on Jan. 5.

The incident took place at approximately 7:45 a.m. as the cyclist rode along a dirt trail that runs parallel with Fremont Road, according to reports from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. The teen was traveling in the direction of traffic in front of Gardner Bullis Elementary School when a woman pulled her vehicle out of a shared driveway on Fremont and struck him.

The teen was conscious and breathing after the accident, and he did not require an ambulance, Sheriff’s Captain Rich Urena said. Instead, the teen’s mother drove him to the hospital as a precaution.

It’s possible the driver could not see the cyclist due to a blind spot caused by a bank of hedges near the driveway, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Leo Gonzalez, who added that no one was cited following the accident.

“This is one we’re going to have to talk about,” Gonzalez said when asked who might be considered at fault. “We’re going to have to look at the (accident) photos.”

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Los Altos Hills residents robbed at gunpoint

Two men who robbed a pair of Los Altos Hills residents at gunpoint Saturday (Jan. 27) remain on the lam following the incident.

County firefighters beat down Los Altos blaze

A house fire in South Los Altos Wednesday (Jan. 31) morning has displaced the occupants, but no one was injured in the blaze.

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Jan. 23, 3:20 p.m.: 23500 block of Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino


Jan. 23, 12:32 a.m.: 300 block Bryant Street, Mountain View

Los Altos Police Department car involved in 3-vehicle collision

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Grace Hase / Town Crier
A tow truck driver prepares to load a Los Altos Police Department SUV following a crash Jan. 24.

A Los Altos Police Department vehicle was involved in a three-car collision at approximately 9 a.m. Jan. 24, according to Sgt. Ryan Burke. The collision, which occurred at Foothill Expressway and El Monte Avenue, involved an officer, and no one was transported to the hospital, Burke said.

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