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Mailman not injured during incident involving Orbeez pellet gun

We wanted to make our community aware of an incident involving a mailman who was shot by a teenager with Orbeez GelBlaster pellet gun Monday afternoon.

While the mailman wasn’t injured, we cannot overstress the severity of how much this type of behavior can cause serious harm to others. 

Around 2:30 pm, officers responded to reports of a mailman was shot at with an unknown object on the 2000 block of Jardin Drive. The mailman stated that a teenager drove up next to him, rolled down his window, and “shot rocks” at the victim. 

The suspect then drove away toward Los Altos in a grey sedan. Fortunately, the mailman was not injured. 

Officers quickly formed a perimeter and a short while later, a vehicle and a driver matching the suspect description drove away from one of our marked patrol units at a high rate of speed and drove recklessly through a residential neighborhood in both Mountain View and Los Altos. The car was subsequently located and the driver detained. 

Officers learned that the driver was a 16-year-old and as a result, he was subsequently cited for battery and felony reckless evading. He was cited out to his parents. Due to the reckless driving the vehicle will be impounded for thirty days.

This type of behavior is not acceptable and can cause serious injury to others. This trend has been seen on social media as well – called the Orbeez challenge – and it encourages people to sneaking up on unsuspecting victims with a pellet gun. 

These kinds of trends are harmful to everyone and should not be encouraged. People can and do get hurt, or worse. 

Please be mindful that this will not be tolerated, nor should our community tolerate it. 

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