After attempting to make off with two liquor bottles and scuffling with some shop employees, two teenagers were arrested on charges of robbery outside Nob Hill Foods on Grant Road on March 30, police said.
Several employees at the supermarket -- located at 1250 Grant Road -- reportedly saw one of the two teenage boys sneak two bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey into a backpack inside a shopping cart, according to Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. The other teen hung around, observing.
After one teen left the store, an employee confronted the boy who had placed the bottle in his backpack, Wylie said. The teen accused the employee of being racist and would not cooperate, so the employee went to get a store manager.
That's when the teen made a break for it, Wylie said. He ran out into the parking lot with the backpack and the bottles, with two store employees following close behind. The teen shoved one of the pursuing employees, according to the police report, and continued fleeing to a Dodge Charger where the other teen sat behind the wheel.
There was a struggle as the fleeing teen attempted to get into the Charger and the employee tried to hold him, telling him that he was being detained for shoplifting until the police arrived, Wylie said. During the scuffle, the employee was hit multiple times by the teen, a few times in the groin, and the fight went to the ground.
At some point, one of the bottles of Jack Daniels broke, Wylie said. The teen behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger made no attempt to flee. Police arrived, the two teens were arrested for robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery and taken to juvenile hall. The unbroken bottle of Jack Daniels was returned to the store.
Police said a 17-year-old from East Palo Alto allegedly stole the liquor and fought with employees, and a 16-year-old from Portola Valley was the teen behind the wheel of the would-be getaway car, Wylie said.
The bottles of Jack Daniels were valued at $46.99 each, Wylie said. The teen who fought with store employees was treated on the scene for a scrape to his knee. The Nob Hill employee had bumps and scrapes but declined treatment.