UPDATE: We have officially identified both suspects in this case. Suspects David Godfrey, 36, and Claude Frazier, 32, were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, attempted burglary, burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Mountain View officers arrested two men Thursday night believed to be connected to multiple burglaries in and around the Mountain View area after the suspects rammed an officer’s vehicle with their own.
Detectives from the Crime Suppression Unit were parked in the In N Out parking lot on Rengstorff Avenue around 8:30 pm this evening to follow up on reports our department had received regarding an uptick in auto burglaries in the area. While there, our detectives spotted two men pull up and park in a white Mercedes Benz with paper plates. The officers then spotted one of the men get out of the car and begin looking into adjoining vehicles with a flashlight.
The detectives attempted to conduct a stop to speak with the men about their actions, but the driver of the Mercedes quickly drove out of the parking spot he was in and tried to leave the parking lot. As he was heading toward an exit, he drove into the driver side door of one of our detective’s cars, setting off the air bags.
Our detective suffered minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Both vehicles sustained damage, and both men were taken into custody without incident. Our detective is expected to be ok.
Several stolen items were found inside the vehicle, primarily laptops and cell phones. We are in the process of identifying the owners of the items. We will release additional information as it becomes available, including the suspects’ names. At this time, we can only confirm that both men are in their 30s.
The parking lot for the In N Out remains closed while we process the scene. It will reopen within the next few hours.