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Four more arrested in connection to arson fire

Original post made on Apr 16, 2014

The Mountain View Police Department arrested four more juveniles in its ongoing investigation of the drug- and alcohol-fueled parties and subsequent arson fire that destroyed a house on Fordham Way last month.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 10:42 AM

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Posted by Old Dave
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm

"The DA's office dropped the original charges made against Pak and Gomes;....."
Noticed how that part never made the headlines....


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Posted by frustrated
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Apr 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm

The parties with drugs and alcohol went on for over a week. What a sad commentary on our lives. Someone's neighbors go away on vacation, and no one notices 18 different teenagers coming and going from their neighbor's home. Are we really all that busy? I can speak with complete confidence when I say that my neighbors and I always look out for each other. There is no way a party would go unnoticed - and I am so grateful for that. This should serve as an enormous wake-up call to all of us to look out for one another.


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Posted by Their neighbour
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Well, not all the 18 kids showed up at the same party. They had 3-4 kids showed up at one time and parked far away and walked to the house on fire. If anyone noticed, I am sure this will be reported. The articles on MV Voice has really not stated real events and have been causing confusions in the community. And the policemen have not really interviewed the neighbours either,how did they know there were loud party going on and unnoticed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by Their neighbour
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Well, not all the 18 kids showed up at the same party. They had 3-4 kids showed up at one time and parked far away and walked to the house on fire. If anyone noticed, I am sure this will be reported. The articles on MV Voice has really not stated real events and have been causing confusions in the community. And the policemen have not really interviewed the neighbours either,how did they know there were loud party going on and unnoticed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by Their neighbour
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Well, not all the 18 kids showed up at the same party. They had 3-4 kids showed up at one time and parked far away and walked to the house on fire. If anyone noticed, I am sure this will be reported. The articles on MV Voice has really not stated real events and have been causing confusions in the community. And the policemen have not really interviewed the neighbours either,how did they know there were loud party going on and unnoticed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Apr 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm

@Their neighbor:

Comments in previous articles have indicated that the neighbors did not know there was a party going on: the kids weren't loud which is why they had parties at the house on consecutive weekends. The main reason the party was discovered was the fire on the second weekend. The neighbors did not call the police about a "loud party" -- they called about the fire.

Note that the MV Voice doesn't know what happened at the party.

The police investigated the incidents, but since none of the attendees were allowed to be on the property, the police are forced to interview suspects, probably dropping charges if the subject is willing to testify in a court of law.

There's a good chance that this is why no additional adults have been charged (some Foothill College students alleged attended) and why charges have been dropped for the two adults (Pak and Gomes). The District Attorney will likely prioritize testimony from an adult versus a juvenile.

Note that whatever the MV police/SCC Fire Protection Task Force/ATF investigators learned isn't automatically handed to the media. The findings may be used by the District Attorney's office to continue to build the case against some/all of the charged suspects and could be used to charge additional people. Revealing all the details may jeopardize admissibility of the testimony as court evidence.


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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Apr 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm

@Their neighbor:

Comments in previous articles have indicated that the neighbors did not know there was a party going on: the kids weren't loud which is why they had parties at the house on consecutive weekends. The main reason the party was discovered was the fire on the second weekend. The neighbors did not call the police about a "loud party" -- they called about the fire.

Note that the MV Voice doesn't know what happened at the party.

The police investigated the incidents, but since none of the attendees were allowed to be on the property, the police are forced to interview suspects, probably dropping charges if the subject is willing to testify in a court of law.

There's a good chance that this is why no additional adults have been charged (some Foothill College students alleged attended) and why charges have been dropped for the two adults (Pak and Gomes). The District Attorney will likely prioritize testimony from an adult versus a juvenile.

Note that whatever the MV police/SCC Fire Protection Task Force/ATF investigators learned isn't automatically handed to the media. The findings may be used by the District Attorney's office to continue to build the case against some/all of the charged suspects and could be used to charge additional people. Revealing all the details may jeopardize admissibility of the testimony as court evidence.


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Posted by Their Neighbour
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

The ABC news 20/20 just came by the neighbourhood of house fire and interviewed the neighbours and police investigation team. It will be aired on 20/20 next Friday, 10 ET on May 2.


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Posted by Bummer Man
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I heard Pak and Gomes snitched everyone out......Nice Guy's Karma!!!!!


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Posted by Their Neighbour
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Here is ABC news report, the last content will be about the house fire, let's see if the mountain view house fire makes into the national news, the interviewed police officers 1.5 weeks ago for the show:

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