Following the publicized arrest of a 33-year-old man in connection to the attempted kidnapping of a 53-year-old Mountain View woman last week, another woman has alleged the suspect also took her and her daughter hostage in the same neighborhood, according to an updated press release from the Mountain View Police Department.
The initial case involved a woman residing on Montelena Court who heard someone repeatedly ringing her doorbell at approximately 10:30 p.m. Feb. 17. She opened the door, and a stranger burst into her home and grabbed her by the neck. He allegedly informed her he needed to flee the area and tried to force the Mountain View woman into her own car.
The victim escaped, running to a neighbor’s home. The suspect, identified as Jeremiah Porter, was unable to steal her vehicle and ran from the scene.
An hour before this incident, Porter entered a woman’s home on Monroe Drive and held a woman and her young daughter captive for approximately a half hour before he left, Mountain View police announced Thursday.
The second victim told officers that she did not report the incident right away because Porter threatened to harm her and her daughter if they to law enforcement about what happened. Police said it was only after the original press release about Porter’s detainment circulated did the woman and her daughter feel safe coming forward.
Following his failure to carjack the first-reported victim’s vehicle, officers responded immediately but were initially unable to find the man, Mountain View police said in their initial statement. At approximately 3:15 a.m., dispatchers received a call that a man was throwing rocks at windows and yelling in the Montelena Court area.
Patrol officers arrived on scene and located Porter, who they suspected was associated with the attempted kidnapping, standing on a carport. The officers safely brought him down with a fire department ladder. The Mountain View woman positively identified him as the man who tried to take her from her own home, and he was detained.
When officers interviewed Porter, he stated that he had contact with other residents in the area. On Feb. 18, the police department requested that anyone who may have seen or interacted with Porter to reach out as the investigation into Porter’s alleged actions begins.