Mountain View Voice

News - September 13, 2013

Crime briefs

Elderly man harasses girls

An elderly man was arrested at Walmart on suspicion of groping himself in a lewd manner while staring at a pair of young girls, according to police.

On Sept. 7 at about 4:20 p.m., the man allegedly was on the costume aisle along with two girls — a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old — when he began leering at them and touching himself inappropriately, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

The mother of the two girls saw the man, confronted him about it, and the man left, Thompson said.

The mother got the attention of a store security guard, who followed the man out to the parking lot and took down a description of the car, Thompson said.

An officer pulled the man over near the adjacent Kohls department store, the mother identified the man and he was arrested, according to Thompson.

Christopher Miller, 70, of San Jose was booked into county jail on suspicion of annoying or molesting a child, Thompson said.

Neighbor attacked

A 29-year-old Mountain View man was arrested after allegedly assaulting, battering and threatening a neighbor on Sept. 8, according to police.

The victim, a 30-year-old man who is currently dating the ex-girlfriend of his alleged attacker, was returning home at about 11:08 p.m. when he ran into his girlfriend's former boyfriend, said Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer with the Mountain View Police Department.

The former boyfriend, who seemed drunk, according to the victim, continually accosted him, saying, "Let's do this" — calling for the man to engage in a fight, Thompson said.

The victim, trying to avoid conflict with the man, who is also his neighbor, did his best to walk away, Thompson said. Ultimately, however, the 29-year-old punched the 30-year-old, according to the police report. A brief fight ensued in which the older man was knocked down. The attacker allegedly forcibly removed the man's T-shirt and necklace. Walking away, the attacker told the victim that if he called the police there would be further violent consequences.

The victim called police, Thompson said. When officers arrived, the suspect attempted to flee but was caught.

Efrain Galdamez, 29, of Mountain View was booked into main county jail on charges of robbery and threatening a victim, Thompson said.

—Mountain View Voice staff

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