Stephen Ellison

Woman Escapes Attempted Kidnapping in Mountain View, Suspects Arrested

With the help of friends, a woman narrowly escaped a brazen attempted kidnapping during which the suspects also fired shots early Saturday morning in downtown Mountain View, police said.

The suspects, 29-year-old Guillermo Perez and 19-year-old Walter Ramirez, both of Menlo Park, were taken into custody not long after the alleged crime, police said.

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The incident, very unusual for an area busy with trendy restaurants and clubs, occurred at about 2 a.m. Saturday. Mountain View police said the woman was walking behind a business in the 200 block of Castro Street when two men tried to drag her into a car. The woman fought back and yelled for help, and that's when police say two of her friends jumped in to help.

One of the suspects pulled out a gun, and as the two men fled, the suspects fired several shots, police said.

The whole thing has left people a little unnerved.

"It's very populated, a lot of people," said a woman named Gigi. "But that's a little scary."

A police officer nearby stopped the suspects and arrested them.

On Sunday morning, police searched a home connected to the suspects and found several rounds of ammunition and a Taser, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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