On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at approximately 11:30AM Mountain View officers were dispatched to a report of three suspicious solicitors selling candy door-to-door in the area of Lincoln Drive and Orangetree Lane. An alert citizen in the Gest Ranch Neighborhood said the subjects were “disappearing” for lengths of time and was concerned they were going into neighbor’s yards. Because of this alert community member and the prompt reporting of the suspicious behavior, Mountain View officers — along with our partners from Los Altos Police Department — were able to locate all three subjects.
“…we really appreciate their rapid response to our neighbors’ calls, and getting these people out of our area. Perhaps the “See Something, Say Something” message is working.” >>Gest Ranch resident
The suspects were identified as Erinzondo Tapiamora (19 years old), Marco Flores (18 years old) and Silvia Tello (37 years old) all out of Redwood City. During the course of the officers’ investigation, these three suspects were arrested on charges ranging from false information to a police officer (148.9 of the Penal Code) and possession of marijuana (11357B of the Health and Safety Code). Suspects Marco and Tello were cited and released.
For almost a year now, the Mountain View Police Department has encouraged the community to contact the police right away to report any suspicious behavior, people or vehicles through our “See something, say something” campaign. A resident of the Gest Ranch Neighborhood group emailed us stating, “I heard that we had a group of “solicitors,” (two men and one woman), going door-to-door in our neighborhood […] and your officers responded by arresting them near the corner of Felip and Covington. I was also told that your department’s response was well coordinated with that of the city of Los Altos. Please let your department know that we really appreciate their rapid response to our neighbors’ calls, and getting these people out of our area. Perhaps the “See Something, Say Something” message is working.”
Lt. Fisher, who has worked with this neighborhood group along with MVPD’s Community Action and Information Unit, said, “Law enforcement cannot work on its own to combat crime. It takes an active and alert community, like Gest Ranch, to identify and ultimately arrest suspects.”
The City of Mountain View does regulate solicitors through permits, which you can learn more about here. If you ever see anything in your neighborhood, take a lesson from the Gest Ranch Neighborhood playbook and “say something.” You can always call us at 650-903-6344, or dial 9-1-1 if it’s an emergency.