Neighborhood Crime Updates: Holiday Reminder, Attempted Robbery, Interrupted Vehicle Burglary

St. Francis Neighborhood: Yesterday, November 25, 2014, flyers were left on the doors of residents located on the 1500 block of Todd Street. This is a great reminder that with the holidays approaching, a variety of creative tactics are often used to gather information about you and the contents of your home. While this particular flyer, which boasts the ability to sell your items on-line, like rare coins and electronic equipment, may be legitimate, it is unusual for businesses to ask for your information, yet do not provide you with any of their information. Please take care to ensure that you do not provide any personal information to unknown individuals via the telephone, text or online. If you have any doubts, there’s probably something wrong.

Old Mountain View/Moffett Blvd. Neighborhoods: On November 22, 2014 at around 7:25PM, the victim was walking along the 100 block of Castro Street with two other individuals when an unknown male, later identified as 21 year-old Rafael Tafolla out of East Palo Alto, ran up behind the victim and grabbed her handbag. The victim held onto her handbag struggling with Suspect Tafolla before she was knocked to the ground and dragged by the suspect. Even though this caused abrasions to the victim’s arms and legs, she later declined medical attention.

Suspect Tafolla then released his hold on the handbag and proceeded to run down Castro Street towards Central Expressway. Thanks to the victim who called 9-1-1 and witnesses, officers established a perimeter in the area of Moffett Boulevard and Central Avenue where Suspect Tafolla was last seen. Los Altos Police Department (LAPD) provided the assistance of their K9, and a systematic yard-to-yard search began. As a result, Suspect Tafolla jumped a backyard fence from the 800 block of Central Avenue to 800 block of Jackson Street and into the custody of Mountain View perimeter units. The suspect was positively identified as the individual who attempted to take the victim’s purse. He was booked into San Jose Main Jail for Penal Code 664/211 (Attempted Robbery).

“While we don’t recommend getting into a struggle with a suspect who’s trying to rob you, in this situation, the suspect did not get away with his intended crime,” says Lt. Mike Fisher weekend patrol team Watch Commander. “However, the victim made the right move by immediately calling 9-1-1 allowing for patrol officers to quickly set-up a perimeter thanks to an alert witness and good a suspect description.”

This arrest is the result of the victim, who did not hesitate to call 9-1-1, the witnesses who identified and/or saw the suspect and assistance from LAPD’s K9 and handler leading to the safe arrest of the suspect.

Gemello Neighborhood: Officers responded to the 1800 block of Ednamary Way on the report of an interrupted vehicle burglary on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at around 5:07PM. Two suspects were seen at the victim’s vehicle where they attempted to gain entry. When confronted, they ran heading southbound on El Monte Avenue. Based on the descriptions provided of the two suspect, officers in the area located the individuals later identified as suspects: 18 year-old Mitchell Marroquin and 20 year-old James Harry both out of Mountain View. Suspect Marroquin was cited and released for Penal Code 496(a) (Possession of Stolen Property) and 148(a)(1) Resisting and/or Delaying and Officer’s Investigation. Suspect Harry was cited and released for Health & Safety Code 11364.1 (Possession of Paraphernalia).

We remind you to always “see something, say something.” Report crime and suspicious behavior right away to help us keep your community safe. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency matters, you can reach us at 650-903-6395.

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