It has been a busy 24 hours for our patrol teams here in Mountain View. Normally, we’d individually share each case in their own posts to keep you updated, but in the interest of your time, we wanted to combine information for you to read here. Kudos to our teams for their hard work as they keep our community safe.
Let’s begin, shall we?
Yesterday afternoon, a 23-year-old man was arrested after he was caught burglarizing a car by a team of construction workers.
Shortly before 10 am on Nov. 29, Mountain View dispatchers received a call that a man had just been spotted stealing items from a construction worker’s vehicle near the area of La Avenida and Macon Avenue. The caller told dispatchers that the suspect was chased by several members of the construction crew, heading towards the Stevens Creek Trail. Responding officers quickly headed to the area and found the suspect, identified as Andres Flores-Escobar, detained by the construction workers. Officers took custody and returned to the scene of the call to investigate further. Once back at the location, officers learned that Flores-Escobar walked into a building on the 1000 block of La Avenida and stole a laptop. He then was able to access a construction worker’s truck where he attempted to steal it before he eventually took items and ran away as he was spotted by the crew.
Flores-Escobar was subsequently booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of commercial burglary and attempting to steal a vehicle.
As a reminder, ‘tis the season for burglaries as thieves are looking for crimes of opportunity to take anything they can, regardless of its value. Please remember to take all valuable items with you if you are out and about and to lock your doors to your car and home. If you can, have packages delivered to a secure location or have them delivered while you know you will be home. These crimes take seconds to commit, and it is always better to ensure your valuables stay with you. If you see something suspicious, say something! Call us if you see a crime in-progress immediately at 9-1-1. If you are wanting to report a crime that already occurred, and you need an officer response, call us at 650-903-6344.
Early this morning, a man was arrested on suspicion of assault and committing a hate crime after he yelled racial slurs at a janitor at the downtown US Post Office.
Shortly before 5:30 am on Nov. 30, Mountain View dispatchers received a call of a fight between a female maintenance worker and a man inside the post office, located on the 200 block of Hope Street. The man had been sleeping in the post office and had been asked to leave shortly before by our officers who had responded to a trespassing call at the post office. He initially complied, but returned a short time later and confronted an employee, who was inside cleaning. Then, the man, identified as 48-year-old Paul Stadnisky, cursed at the victim and called her racial slurs and threatened to attack her as he charged at her with his cane. The victim ultimately defended herself by spraying a cleaning spray at Stadnisky. The victim was not injured.
Stadnisky was subsequently booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for assault, criminal threats and committing a hate crime.