Mountain View man who kidnapped girlfriend, brandished gun arrested

A Mountain View man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend and brandishing a gun at a tow truck driver.

Around 12:12 p.m., Mountain View police responded to the 600 block of Mariposa Avenue for reports of a domestic disturbance. When police arrived, the victim told police that her boyfriend, identified as Orlando Rivera, had come to her work in Los Altos and forced her at gunpoint to drive them both back to Mountain View.

When the duo arrived back in Mountain View, they were approached by a tow truck driver. Rivera brandished a gun at the tow truck driver and made the man hand over his cell phone before he left the area on foot.

Mountain View Police officers responded and quickly established a perimeter to search the area.  Due to the close proximity to Mariano Castro Elementary School and Gabriela Mistral Elementary School, MVPD School Resource Officers immediately went to the school to secure the campus and assist with “shelter-in-place” procedures.

Shortly after 2 p.m., an alert resident flagged down officers and reported a suspicious person hiding at her apartment complex. Officers immediately surrounded the complex in the 600 block of Mariposa Avenue and arrested Rivera without incident. He was arrested on charges of PC 207 (kidnapping), PC 422 (criminal threats) and PC 417(a)(1) (brandishing a weapon).

“The safety and security of our residents and children are our utmost priority in incidents like these,” said Capt. Chris Hsiung. “We want to thank the staff at Castro School and Mistral School and the Mountain View-Whisman School district for their quick response to our “shelter in place” request and for working with the police department during this incident.”

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