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.

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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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Mountain View crash claims life of Sunnyvale man

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Courtesy of Mountain View Police Department
A pick-up sits at rest after colliding with a tree on Middlefield Road. The Oct. 30 crash claimed the life of Sunnyvale resident Benjamin Sanchez, 51.

A Sunnyvale man died Monday morning (Oct. 30) in a single-vehicle traffic crash in Mountain View.

Benjamin Sanchez, 51, died from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.

Sanchez was driving a pick-up truck westbound on Middlefield Road near Rengstorff Avenue at approximately 10 a.m. when he inexplicably crossed the center median and continued traveling west in the eastbound lanes, according to Mountain View Police Department reports. The pick-up eventually crashed into a tree along the sidewalk and came to a rest.

Emergency responders pronounced Sanchez deceased at the scene, according to police reports.

The crash forced the closure of eastbound Middlefield Road traffic lanes until approximately 5:45 p.m. Monday.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Mountain View Police Department Sgt. Bryan Albarillo at 903-6733.

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Local teen faces attempted murder charges after shooting incident

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A Google Maps screenshot shows the Latham Street 7-Eleven, site of the Oct. 29 shooting.

A Mountain View teen is in jail and facing attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting at a vehicle containing two adults and an infant.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at approximately 10:50 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 29) in the 1900 block of Latham Street.

According to Mountain View Police detectives, the 17-year-old suspect argued with a man inside the 7-Eleven store at 1905 Latham St., and the two continued their argument outside the business until the teen pulled out a gun. The man then got into his car, which contained a woman and an infant, and began driving away. The teen opened fire at the vehicle, but he missed.

Detectives responding to the scene learned the intended victim knew the suspect, and they apprehended the teen at his nearby home, according to police reports. They found a gun within the home and believe it is the one used during Sunday’s shooting.

“Our officers responded quickly and did an excellent job piecing this incident together to arrest the suspect,” said Lt. Michael Canfield of the Mountain View Police Department. “I am proud of their work.”

Police booked the suspect into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall. His name was not disclosed to the public due to his age.

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