On Sunday, April 27th at 6:30pm, Mountain View Police Department (MVPD) officers drove to the 1400 block of North Shoreline Blvd. to assist California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers with an accident that occurred on the freeway. During the investigation it was learned the female subject on scene had been the victim of a kidnapping and had intentionally crashed into another vehicle on the freeway in order to get away.
Earlier in the day the female victim was contacted by a male subject, identified as 23 year old Kenneth Middlebrook, in the driveway of her Alviso/San Jose home. Middlebrook convinced the victim to drive him, in his vehicle, to Mountain View. Once in Mountain View, Middlebrook became agitated and held the victim against her will. The victim told Middlebrook she would drive him anywhere he liked. She then drove to the freeway and intentionally crashed into another motorist in order to get away from Middlebrook. When the victim and the other motorist pulled to the side of the road, the victim exited Middlebrook’s vehicle and told the other motorist what happened. Middlebrook drove away and the other driver called 911.
CHP officers arrived initially thinking they were investigating a hit and run accident and moved the victim and the involved vehicle to the parking lot of the Computer History Museum. After further investigation the kidnapping was revealed and MVPD officers arrived to assist. Middlebrook’s vehicle was located in a nearby parking lot but Middlebrook was not located in the area. A bulletin detailing the incident as well as a current photo of Middlebrook was issued to California Law Enforcement Agencies.
On Monday, April 28th, a second female subject called MVPD to report that on Sunday, April 27th at about 8pm a male subject, later identified as Middlebrook, entered her home then forced her into her car. Middlebrook drove throughout the East and North Bay areas for hours not allowing the victim to leave. Eventually Middlebrook stopped in the City of Ione and told the victim to wait for him while he got out of the vehicle. After a few minutes the victim drove off. Ione PD located Middlebrook and detained him until MVPD Detectives arrived to take him into custody.
If you believe you have been a victim of a crime involving Kenneth Middlebrook, please contact the Mountain View Police Department at (650) 903-6344 and reference case number 14-2233.
For media inquiries, please contact Sgt. Saul Jaeger at (650) 903-6345.