6/22/2012 Press Release POLICE DEPARTMENT
Pursuant to CA Gov’t Code Sect 6254 (F)

Community Action & Information Unit
Saul Jaeger, Sergeant
Public Information Officer
1000 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
Ph. (650) 903-6345

Subject :

Convicted Kidnapper Richard Schoenfeld Released to Mountain View
Contact : Liz Wylie

On Wed., June 20, 2011, Richard Schoenfeld, 57, was released from prison on parole and was transported to Mountain View, where he will reside in an undisclosed location.

Schoenfeld was convicted of kidnapping a bus full of children in Chowchilla in 1976 and served almost 36 years in prison for his crime.  It was determined by the State that he was suitable for release on parole and was so ordered by the court. 

Schoenfeld is a high profile parolee due to the notoriety of his crime, but he is not considered a high-risk offender by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  As a condition of his parole, Schoenfeld wears a GPS monitor 24 hours a day.

"The State and the courts have determined Mr. Schoenfeld no longer poses a threat to society.  I am confident of our police department and know they will appropriately monitor him to ensure the safety of our community," said Mayor Mike Kasperzak. 

“The Mountain View Police Department has been in communication with parole agents for the past week in preparation for Schoenfeld's release,” said Mountain View Acting Police Chief Mick Hamlin.  “The MVPD will continue to work closely with parole in monitoring Schoenfeld to ensure the safety of our community members.”

In keeping with standard procedures applied to all released parolees, the exact address where Schoenfeld will be living will not be released to the public.  Schoenfeld’s parole term is three years. 

Note to Editors:

General questions about Schoenfeld’s release, parole conditions and monitoring process should contact California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Luis Patino) at (916) 445-4950.