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Two men arrested for attempted kidnapping near downtown Mountain View

Two men were arrested early Saturday morning after they attempted to kidnap a woman and then, when her friends came to her aid, brandished a gun at the victims before firing several rounds as they tried to drive away.

Around 2 am on April 14, a woman walking behind a restaurant on the 200 block of Castro Street was approached by two men.

The men tried to then physically push the woman into a nearby vehicle, but the woman fought back, yelling as she did so. One of the suspects then went to the car and retrieved a handgun. As the woman and the two men struggled, two other men who were friends of the woman walked up and tried to intervene. The suspect who had retrieved the handgun from the car allegedly pointed the gun at one of the woman's friends before the struggle between the woman and the suspects ended.

The suspects then got into their car and drove away from the scene, firing off several rounds of ammunition as they did so.  

One of our officers who was responding to the call spotted the suspect car as it was trying to drive away and stopped the suspects.

The men, identified as 29-year-old Guillermo Perez and 19-year-old Walter Ramirez, were arrested and the handgun recovered.

Early Sunday morning, detectives subsequently executed a search warrant at the men’s home in Menlo Park as part of the ongoing investigation. Several rounds of additional ammunition were recovered, as was a Taser.

The investigation into this case, including any potential relationship between the victims and the suspects, is ongoing.

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