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Man arrested for murder in connection with attack on individual in downtown Mountain View

UPDATE: We are sorry to report that the victim in Saturday's horrific attack in downtown Mountain View has died. The attack is now a homicide investigation. Jan Neal's charges have been updated to reflect that.


A Marin County man was arrested for attempted murder tonight by Mountain View officers after he violently attacked another man in the downtown area. 

Around 6:30 pm, our officers responded to reports of a fight in a courtyard on the 500 block of Castro Street. When our officers arrived, they saw a man, identified as 43-year-old Jan Neal, attacking a 55-year-old man. Neal was not responsive to officer commands to stop, and as a result, one of our officers deployed their Taser in an attempt to stop Neal from attacking the other man. However, Neal was not deterred and continued his attack. 

Our officers were able to eventually restrain Neal and begin to aid the victim, who was stabbed and severely injured in the attack. One of our officers was able to use an individual trauma first aid kit, known as an IFAK, to help in attending to the victim’s wounds. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment where he is in serious but stable condition. At this time, we do not have information to release on what caused the altercation or if the men knew one another. However, we will update you when we have more information. 

Neal was also subsequently taken to a nearby hospital for treatment before he is medically cleared to be transported to the Santa Clara County Jail. 

We are actively investigating this incident, and again, we will provide more updates as we have them. We are also aware that there was a performance at the Center for Performing Arts when this incident occurred, and we apologize for any inconvenience our investigation may have caused attendees. 

There is no threat to public safety, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work to clear the scene. Those in downtown will see an increased police presence near the Center for the Performing Arts, but again, there is no cause for alarm. 

We are asking that anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have additional information on this case to call us. Please reach out to Det. Dan Garcia at 650-903-6624.