Mountain View purse robber sought

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Here's KTVU crime reporter Henry Lee's Rap Sheet blog for April 15, 2016:

PURSE ROBBER SOUGHT: Mountain View police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a woman of her purse and pushed her.

The incident happened at a business at El Camino Real and Lane Avenue about 4:15 p.m. Monday.

A man walked through a back door of the business and took the victim's purse as she was working. The employee chased after the man and tried to take back her purse, prompting the man to push her to the ground.

The robber is described as an African American man, 30 to 40 years old, at least 6 feet tall, bald with a thin frame and a beard. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and grey pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Mountain View police Detective Kevin Galloway at (650) 903-6624. Calls can be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP (7867).

ROBBERY-SHOOTING SUSPECTS AT LARGE: San Jose police are hunting for two men who robbed a store and shot a clerk during a holdup that was caught on video.

The heist happened at Sunny's Quikstop and Taqueria at 1197 Locust St. about 9:40 p.m. March 8.

Two men ran into the business. One of them assaulted, robbed and shot the clerk, who suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening.

Those with tips can call San Jose police Detective Mike White at (408) 277-4166.

ROBBERY SUSPECTS NABBED: Four suspects in a Millbrae car-wash holdup -- arrested in dramatic fashion on a Fremont freeway -- are teenagers and may be responsible for other heists, authorities said today.

The incident began when a 31-year-old woman was at the Millbrae Car Wash at 310 Adrian Road about 2 p.m. Thursday.

A man pushed her to the ground, pointed a handgun at her and stole her purse and electronic devices, according to the San Mateo County sheriff's office. The robber fled in a white Honda Civic that was later determined to have been stolen.

Fremont police caught up to the Honda about an hour later and began chasing it. The pursuit ended in a crash on Interstate 880, and four juveniles in the car were arrested. A gun and the car-wash victim's purse was found in the car.

Their names were withheld because of their ages. All four are gang members from San Leandro and Hayward, authorities said.

Investigators said they believe the suspects are responsible for several robberies in Alameda County and San Francisco over the past few days. Authorities also say they suspect other holdup victims have yet to come forward.

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