We wanted to clarify some information that was shared on social media earlier today regarding what appeared to be a robbery (and tweeted as a potential hate crime) in a parking lot of the 99 Ranch Market in Mountain View. The video was shared initially by someone on Nextdoor, and subsequently was shared on Twitter by media reporting the incident as a hate crime in Mountain View, which we have confirmed did not occur here.
It was originally reported on Nextdoor this morning, March 21, that the video captured a woman being robbed of her purse by an individual before the suspect jumped into an awaiting black car and drove away. We were made aware of the video thanks to NBC’s Raj Mathai, and we immediately began an investigation.
An initial search of our call logs and our incident reports over the last 24 hours did not indicate that any such incident had been reported to us. We were made aware that some residents began to question the location of the incident, at some point noting that it appeared the incident actually took place in the city of San Gabriel, which is in southern California.
In addition to our researching the incident here, we also immediately called the San Gabriel Police Department regarding the video. During the course of our investigation, we confirmed the incident, in fact, did not take place in Mountain View. We also learned that the incident did not take place in San Gabriel.
We appreciated everyone who raised concerns regarding this video. It is completely warranted. Hate has no place in our community. We do want to remind everyone, though, that the way Nextdoor is designed does not allow for us to view content that is posted between neighbors, and that even if a resident were to direct message us on the platform, we may not be able to respond to posts or view all content. In the extreme interest of safety for our entire community, if you see something posted on any social media site that would warrant our immediate attention, please call us: 9-1-1 if it is an emergency situation, and 650-903-6344 for all other matters.
Further media inquiries can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org