Mountain View Voice

News - October 4, 2013

Crime briefs

Robbed at knife-point

A trio of concert-goers were robbed of their tickets by a knife-wielding man after they parked their car at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and were preparing to walk to the main gate on Saturday, Sept. 28, at about 8 p.m., police said.

The three victims — two 21-year-olds and a 20-year-old from Martinez — had just parked and were getting ready for the Beyond Wonderland electronic dance music festival when a man approached them and asked if they had tickets, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.

As soon as they replied in the affirmative, the man pulled out a knife and demanded the tickets, Thompson said. Fearing for their safety, they handed him their tickets and the man walked away through the parking lot.

The women reported the crime to the first officer they encountered, Thompson said. They described the robber as a white man, between 25 and 30 years old, standing about 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

Police did not locate the suspect. There were no witnesses and no video surveillance of the robbery.

Hit-and-run witnesses sought

A woman in her late 70s was injured by a hit-and-run driver early Monday morning at the intersection of Rengstorff and San Luis avenues.

Police have announced that a tip led them to locate a suspect car and driver — a 28-year-old Mountain View man. No arrests have been made and investigators are asking that anyone with any further information come forward to help with the case.

The 77-year-old was crossing Rengstorff Avenue when she was hit by what investigators believe to be a silver, late-'90s model Honda Accord, according to a press release issued by the Mountain View Police Department. The woman, a Mountain View resident, was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries and was in stable condition, police said.

After issuing a plea for public help, police said today that a tip from the community led them to the vehicle and its driver. They have not yet released the suspect's name nor said whether an arrest has been made.

The police department turned to social media to look for witnesses and information after the accident. "We are seeking the public's assistance in locating both the vehicle and driver that fled the scene," said a police statement that was also posted on the department's blog, its Facebook page and its Twitter account.

"It isn't OK to hit a person and think you can leave the scene," said MVPD Lt. Greg Oselinsky.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 650-903-6395. The case reference number is 13-5530. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

People with information can also send a text message to 274637 and include "mvtips" in the body of the text message.

Sheriff's deputy charged with child molestation

A San Mateo County sheriff's deputy has been arrested and charged with molesting an underage female relative, a deputy district attorney said Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Galen Underwood, 40, was arrested last Wednesday night at his Gilroy home after a teenage relative told a school counselor that he had sexually abused her over the course of several years, starting when she was under age 14, Deputy District Attorney Stuart Scott said. The alleged abuse reportedly took place in Mountain View and Morgan Hill.

Underwood, who has worked for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office since January 2005, has since been charged with seven felony counts stemming from the alleged abuse, Scott said.

The charges are three counts of continuous abuse of a child between the ages of 11 and 13, and one count each of oral copulation on a person under 16, rape by foreign object, lewd acts on a child and penetration of a family member, Scott said.

Underwood appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Monday but did not enter a plea. He is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 15, Scott said.

A spokeswoman for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that Underwood has been placed on paid administrative leave.

His most recent assignment had been working in South County Patrol, predominantly in unincorporated areas around Menlo Park and North Fair Oaks, Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.

Underwood is being held in Santa Clara County Jail on $2 million bail.

Missing teen found

An at-risk teenage boy that had gone missing earlier Friday in Mountain View has been found, police said.

The 16-year-old boy was reported missing around 2:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the area of Grant Road, Mountain View police said.

Police tweeted at about 5:30 p.m. saying that the boy had been safely found. The 16-year-old boy who responds to "Raistlin" had been last seen walking towards Grant Road, according to police.

—Bay City News Service

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