Great teamwork between neighboring agencies resulted in the arrests of a man and two women Wednesday after they forced their way into a home on Annie Laurie Avenue and robbed a woman at gunpoint.
Just after 3 pm, we received a call from the victim, who told us a man had hit her head in the head with a gun and that he and a woman had forced her into a closet after forcibly entering her home.
We immediately responded, but the suspects had driven away from the area before we arrived, taking various items with them. Through the course of our initial investigation, Mountain View officers and detectives, along with detectives from the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (one of our detectives is also on that task force), were able to spot a man and a woman matching the suspects’ descriptions going in and out of stores in a shopping center located at Story and King roads in San Jose.
RATTF detectives stopped the suspects as they were heading away from the center and detained the driver, East Palo Alto resident Christian Salinas, 23, and passengers Giovanna Vargas, a 21-year-old East Palo Alto resident, and Nancy Alvarado, a 22-year-old San Jose resident.
During a search of the car, detectives found a loaded handgun and items that had been taken in the robbery.
Salinas was arrested on charges of burglary, robbery, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and violation of his probation, among other charges. Vargas was arrested on charges of burglary, robbery, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and violating her probation, among other charges. Alvarado was arrested on charges of burglary, robbery, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy. All are being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Jail.
Police work is about teamwork, and arresting the suspects in this case was definitely a team effort. We are fortunate to have great partnerships with many of our neighboring agencies, and we appreciated the RATTF detectives’ help in apprehending the suspects and helping to keep Mountain View safe.