On March 16th, 2014 at 2:18am, Mountain View Fire Department (MVFD) and Police Department (MVPD) responded to the 1700 block of Fordham Way on a report of a single-family home on fire.
MVFD and MVPD initiated a joint investigation of the incident and through that investigation believe the fire was caused by arson, which originated from inside the residence. The Santa Clara County Fire Investigation Task Force along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) assisted MVPD as the investigation moved forward. In addition to the arson, a light blue, 2003 Audi A4 was stolen from the residence and since recovered.
Through the investigation, Detectives discovered that starting on March 7th and the following weekend, multiple large parties with heavy drug and alcohol use were hosted at the unoccupied home. Attendees included students from surrounding high schools and a local college. On the morning of March 16th, three juveniles started a fire inside the residence which they were unable to extinguish.
Since March 17th, detectives began to serve multiple search warrants at residences in Mountain View and Los Altos resulting in the arrest of twelve (12) juveniles and two (2) adults. Juvenile charges ranged from Arson, Burglary and Auto Theft to Drug Possession and Drug Sales (the names, ages and charges of the arrested juveniles will not be released due to their age). More arrests are expected as the investigation continues and additional subjects are identified.
The two adults were arrested for the following charges:
- Brandon Pak (18) – Burglary (Penal Code 459/460(a), Child Endangerment (Penal Code 273a(a)) and Providing Marijuana to Juveniles (Health and Safety Code 11361(b))
- Gilbert Gomes (18) – Burglary (Penal Code 459/460(a)) and Child Endangerment (Penal Code 273a(a))
Anyone with additional knowledge of the party is encouraged to contact the police department via telephone at 650-903-6344. You can also come into the police department located at 1000 Villa St.
Anonymous tips can also be sent via text to 274637. Please include “mvtips” in the body of your message so that we receive it.
If you have any questions, please contact Sgt. Saul Jaeger, MVPD PIO, at 650-903-6345 or Policepio@mountainview.gov.