Teen Bludgeoned in Mountain View Assault

The police unsure if attack random or gang-related.

A 17-year-old Mountain View teen has suffered a serious head injury after a man struck him over the head with an object, the police reported Tuesday.

"It could be random or not, and it might be gang-related," said Sgt. Sean Thompson, spokesman for the Mountain View Police Department. "It's too early to tell and the investigation is still ongoing."

He added however that "something like this hasn't happened lately."

The incident took place at approximately 8:39 p.m. on Jan. 28, as the victim and a friend rode their bikes on the 2000 block of Latham Street. All of a sudden, an unidentified male emerged from a concealed location and hit the victim over the head.

According to Thompson, the friend saw the suspect strike the victim once, but "was unable to see if he was struck more." The suspect fled the scene and ran toward Rengstorff Avenue.

The suspect has been described as a late-teen with short dark hair dressed entirely in dark clothing.

Thompson would not disclose the type of object used in the attack.

The victim, who was tranported to a local hospital with extensive bleeding from the head trauma, was still there as of Tuesday morning, Thompson confirmed.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Mountain View Police Department at 650-903-6344.


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Claudia Cruz January 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM
I'll ask the police. The department was purposefully vague, but I'll stay on it.
Jeffrey Bottaro January 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM
I have already given up my lifelong habit of taking walks after midnight. Maybe I should extend this self-imposed curfew to all hours after dark.
Claudia Cruz January 30, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I think that's a little too much Jeffrey, don't you think? Things happen in the daytime too!
northernlights January 30, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Day or night, it makes no difference to me, I'm always on guard when I leave my home! we live in a sick world filled with very sick people
Claudia Cruz January 31, 2013 at 09:30 AM
I agree @Northern Lights. I'm always on guard. Even if I'm in my car. Crime happens when you least expect it.


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