A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon after detectives were able to piece together that a stolen puppy named “Rambo” was a crucial link in the case.
On Wednesday around 1 pm, officers responded to reports of a gunshot heard at Rengstorff Park, located on the 200 block of South Rengstorff Avenue. During the investigation, officers learned two people suffered minor injuries, but the shooter remained at large. More details on that incident can be found here.
Just two days prior, on Monday around 8 pm, officers responded to reports of a stolen, 8-week-old Husky named “Rambo” that had allegedly been chased by a suspect before Rambo was captured and driven away from an apartment complex on the 300 block of Escuela Avenue. Rambo is owned by a family that included a man identified as 19-year-old Reynaldo Medina of Mountain View.
Witnesses at the scene of the shooting on Wednesday described a man matching Medina’s description. While detectives were working to confirm Medina’s involvement in the shooting, late Wednesday night, an employee at a restaurant in Redwood City was watching the news and recognized Rambo, who happened to be in their restaurant at the time. The employee called the Redwood City Police Department, who in turn called us, and Rambo was safely brought back to Mountain View. We are currently also continuing to investigate why Rambo was stolen.
Rambo was subsequently cared for by police department staff on Thursday while detectives continued to investigate the shooting and Rambo’s owner’s possible connection to the crime. Ultimately, through the course of our investigation, officers confirmed Medina, Rambo’s owner, was the suspect in the shooting at Rengstorff Park on Wednesday afternoon. A preliminary investigation suggests Medina was at the park at the time of the shooting potentially looking for Rambo. We are continuing to investigate a motive as to why he opened fire.
Medina was arrested without incident Thursday afternoon at the Mountain View Police Department. A gun believed to be used in the shooting was also recovered.
“I continue to be incredibly impressed with the tenacity and dedication by our investigative teams tackling these cases and putting the pieces together,” said Chief Chris Hsiung. “This is a prime example of good, old-fashioned police work, and that work paid off.”
Rambo was safely returned to the Medina family late Thursday night. He is healthy and doing well.
Medina was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a firearm. He booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.
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