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Portola Valley: Another home invasion by three armed men

 

Three men armed with handguns invaded an occupied home on Valencia Court in Portola Valley late Thursday, Oct. 13, corralled the three residents –- a man and a woman in their 50s and a girl -- and escaped with jewelry and electronic equipment, according to deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

This robbery was the second in Portola Valley in 2016. Three armed men invaded a home on Golden Oak Drive in June. Both incidents took place in Central Portola Valley.

The homeowner was standing in front of his house at around 10:30 p.m. when three African American men approached him and forced their way into the house, deputies said. Once inside, they moved the residents to a bedroom and then ransacked the house, deputies said.

The men fled in a white sedan of unknown make and model, deputies said.

Medics treated the man at the scene for a small cut on the side of his head, the only physical injury incurred during the incident, deputies said.

The darkness that is valued highly in Portola Valley may have aided the robbers in hiding identifying information about them, making details about the incident that much more important, deputies said.

Deputies are asking residents to be vigilant and contact the Sheriff's Office upon encountering anything suspicious.

"These types of incidents are very rare for Portola Valley," Detective Salvador Zuno told the Almanac. "It's random and it's very rare."

Detective Zuno went out of his way to ask that residents focus on suspicious activity, not on African-American men or white vehicles.

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58 people like this
Posted by PV Resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Oct 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm

I was shocked by the crime and taken aback by the response of Det. Zuno:
" Detective Zuno went out of his way to ask that residents focus on suspicious activity, not on African-American men or white vehicles."

I have lived in the area for 30 years and have not met any/many racist residents. If these folks were robbed by 3 African-American men in a white car, should we be searching for 3 white women in a black car?

Not sure why we need to be constantly chastised by public officials not to be racists. Do your job and find the criminals and stop lecturing.


6 people like this
Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 15, 2016 at 5:45 pm

PV resident - Perhaps you weren't paying attention during attempts to bring affordable housing to Portola Valley. Some rocks were overturned and it was definitely ugly.

Or when kids from East Palo Alto were having a grand old time on the campus of the Portola Valley elementary school one summer and making a joyful noise that annoyed the neighbors, seemingly annoying them even more once they found out who had the temerity to be frolicking in a community other than their own.

[part removed.]


21 people like this
Posted by PV Resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Oct 15, 2016 at 6:11 pm

Joe;
[part removed.]

What affordable housing has to do with this crime is beyond me.
Kids making noise on a summer night at a school gets attention. So do bikes on walking trails, so do dogs not on leashes, so do sightings of mountain lions. Yes, some residents have low tolerance levels, but the schools have also been burglarized as well.

Perhaps you can screen the police calls to make sure these racist residents are calling about real problems.


9 people like this
Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm

PV resident: [part removed.]

You're familiar with implicit bias, I assume. By my reading, that is what the detective was referring to. I have implicit bias. I know it and I do my best to control it, but I will not deny that it is in me.

Under stress, it can come out -- and this is important -- from EVERYBODY. We all have it. Humans beings are tribal creatures, inescapably. Tribal. Get it? When push comes to shove, tribal passions emerge.

The important question is what do you do with implicit bias when you feel it?

Do you express it, either directly or via some kind of dog whistle? Or do you use your head, acknowledge what you're thinking and feeling, hold your tongue and listen to what's going on around you?

You invite criticism like this when you assert that your community doesn't have any racists. They show up when they're stressed sufficiently. No community is without them. It's called the human condition and it means a lifetime of work.


40 people like this
Posted by PV Resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Oct 15, 2016 at 7:01 pm

Joe;
So sorry. Your are so right.

If you see 3 African-American males in a white car in central Portola Valley, parked on a dark street tonight, Joe asks that you please don't call the police. That would be a dog whistle. Joe is so enlightened.


15 people like this
Posted by PV Mom
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Oct 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

PV Mom is a registered user.

For those of you interested in the previous invasion robbery (June on Golden Oak - not far from this event), here is the link. I am surprised the Almanac did not insert this into the article. Obviously there are similarities and I wonder if the current description doesn't quite match that of the former. At the time there were not descriptions offered as "the investigation was ongoing", however, I think the sheriff should give residents the best description possible, aside from any biases we may or may not have....

Web Link


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