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Detectives make headway in Hills attempted carjacking case

Updated 12:34 p.m. Jan. 28

Video surveillance from a Los Altos Hills resident’s home may be the key to helping Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office detectives uncover the identity of the two individuals who tried to carjack the victim in her driveway earlier this month. 

There have been some new developments in the Jan. 10 case thanks to the clarity of the footage, and detectives hope to solve it within a few weeks, Sheriff’s Capt. Rich Urena said last week.

Returning to her home on the 25000 block of Elena Road after grocery shopping, the victim was backing her Porsche Macan into the driveway at approximately 11:30 a.m. when two people rushed at the SUV and tried to open the passenger side door, according to an incident report.

“The vehicle was locked, and she didn’t open it, which is certainly a good thing,” Urena said.

The suspects – believed to be two males approximately 16-18 years old – used some kind of tool to punch the SUV’s window and caused an estimated $1,000 in damage to the vehicle, the report stated.

“We think they were trying to take the car from her,” Urena said.

The report indicates the victim fled her home and drove to the Los Altos Police Department, and officials there instructed her to call the Sheriff’s Office, which services Los Altos Hills. Deputies arrived within four minutes of receiving her call.

The race of the suspects is not known, Urena said. The victim described the first suspect as wearing a black sweatshirt, jeans and black and red shoes. She said the second suspect wore a black and gray Nike sweatshirt, gray jeans and blue shoes.

The last time a similar incident occurred in Los Altos Hills, Urena said, was in January 2018 when two men rushed up to two women walking into a home on the 13000 block of Wright Way, brandished a handgun and stole their purses. The robbery occurred at approximately 4 p.m. Jan. 27, roughly 30 minutes after another robbery involving a laptop happened in Palo Alto.

Urena said the two Jan. 27 robberies could be related. A victim of the Los Altos Hills case described the attackers as African-American males. One wore a black hoodie sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head and the other wore a black jacket. She could not provide more detailed descriptions of their appearance because she hadn’t been wearing her glasses at the time and because the suspects fled so quickly.

Anyone with information about the Los Altos Hills cases is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office investigative department at (408) 808-4500.

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