Woman Robbed in Los Gatos

Victim says two suspects assaulted her in the wee hours of the morning on Nov. 22.

A Monte Sereno woman has told local cops she was robbed and assaulted by two female suspects the morning of Nov. 22 behind the Los Gatos Shopping Center on North Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos.

The 23-year-old victim said she was attacked at 3 a.m. while she was sleeping in her car and parked behind the Starbucks located at 442 No. Santa Cruz Ave., said Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Sgt. Kerry Harris.

The crime, however, was not reported to police until 5:28 p.m. that day when emergency room staff at El Camino Hospital Los Gatos notified the authorities after the victim sought treatment for back pain and a scratch on her finger, Harris said.

The suspects, who searched the vehicle for valuables and then pushed the victim to the ground, are said to be adult Hispanic women.

The first one is described as being 5-foot-6, weighing 200 pounds with a "cursive" tattoo on her neck. She had long hair with dark-colored roots and "grown out" blond hair.

She was also wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, jeans with rips and Toms style flat shoes.

The second suspect is described as 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, between 25 and 27 years of age and "skinny." She was wearing a red short-sleeve shirt, baggy black pants and tennis shoes. Her hair was "buzzed" around the sides and she had the rest in a ponytail.

"While the circumstances described to the officers are unusual, and her injuries were not necessarily consistent with the event as described, the police department will accept and investigate any report of a crime occurring here," Harris said.


Shelly Marasco December 03, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Why aren't the police letting people that these crimes are happening. A friend of mine was walking home through Vasona Park late at night and was brutally attacked by three men. He was able to take one guy down and the others fled.he called 911, and the cops arrested the attacker.He had outstanding warrents for assult. Why isn't the town doing something more to let people know about this safety concern??
Ed Dee December 03, 2012 at 04:04 PM
whats up with the crime wave in Los Gatos? Blaceys smash n grab, Monte Sereno home invasion and murder, this robbery.... ...time to step up neighborhood watch and community involvement?
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Hi Shelly, police are letting the public know via the police reports that are faxed to media outlets during the week. The problem is that the reports only contain arrest or incident date, time and location and I have to contact Sgt. Harris to figure out what happened in some of these cases. There's also a lot of blotter being faxed and despite me now posting two blotters a week, one of Monday and one on Friday, I'm still behind about a week. When I do notice a crime that warrants further inquiry, it does take the small, but efficient department a few days to respond. Sgt. Harris is the only information officer designated to speak to the media and Chief Seaman, who, as you can imagine is busy. This is one of the best police departments I've worked with.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Hi Ed, never hurts to beef up neighborhood watch, but I doubt such program would have stopped the Blacy's robbery or the killing in Monte Sereno.
Ed Dee December 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
In my opinion, neighborhood watch is exactly the kind of thing that would deter home invasion, with armed neighbors all around the Withey neighborhood and a strong community up there, I'm confident neighbors will always respond faster than 911 or 408.354.8600. A least a better description of the get away vehicle, lic plate, and suspects. Same for local businesses, how bout a 'local business watch'? The police cant be everywhere, and with the escalation in number of incidents our community needs to step up and take the first line of defense.
Gary Ashford December 03, 2012 at 06:56 PM
The news helicopter was just hovering again like the other morning after the murder. Any info on that?
Ed Dee December 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Probably just the first time they could take flight with the storm to show a beautiful aerial shot of our amazing neighborhood. Beautiful neighborhoods and crime draw in the eyeballs and help the media outlets sell advertising...
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Police dispatcher said the department is not working any incidents there at the time. It's probably just another news crew following the homicide story. Thanks for letting me know. Appreciate it.
Homes & Estates Liquidation Providers H.E.L.P. December 04, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Ed Dee, I totally agree with you, that is exactly what was needed, I know what cars are the neighbors on our street and who lives where, even if I don't know them I know them personally I recognize them as neighbors. The home invasion criminals had to park somewhere, the guys that robbed Blacy's had to be seen by someone, that's a busy corner, people need to pay attention to their surroundings and watch out for the other guy!
Homes & Estates Liquidation Providers H.E.L.P. December 04, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I have been to Ravi's home, does anybody know if the gate was open? They have a really long driveway, it seems weird that someone would jump the iron gate/fences and walk up that hill. Very sad for him and his family, very scary for his neighbors. There was a time when you didn't have to lock your doors in Los Gatos/MS and Saratoga. Not anymore!
Homes & Estates Liquidation Providers H.E.L.P. December 04, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Why was this girl sleeping in her car behind Starbucks at 3:00am? Why wouldn't you lock your car? This sounds very suspicious to me.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz December 04, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Why do people think it's odd it wouldn't happen in Los Gatos, Saratoga, or Monte Sereno? REALLY?!?!
Ed Dee December 04, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Irene, I think it is due to the fact that our community puts a HUGE premium on our children and strong family and community bonding. Many communities talk the talk, but Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga have long standing traditions of bringing our communities together. Whether it be reaching in our own pockets to locally fund our schools when the rest of the state blames government policy etc., or celebrating our community at historical events, or keeping ourselves fit together with the numerous yoga, jogging/running, cycling, swimming, field hockey, soccer, football, teams and groups, or hanging out together at the coffee shops, restaurants, and amazing libraries. I have lived here all my life, and travelled to many other places without seeing communities as tight as ours. I think people are always surprised when terrible things happen in relatively quiet communities, but ours has a strong history of looking out for each other, and I am surprised to not hear of citizen involvement in identifying or apprehending these criminals. Just my 2 cents, but you asked....
Homes & Estates Liquidation Providers H.E.L.P. December 04, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz I think it's odd that she was parked there. LGPD has signs posted "No overnight Parking" so how is it she was sleeping in her car and two girls just happened to come across her and just happened to pull her door open, beat her and rob her. Doesn't that sound odd to you?
Esmée St James December 05, 2012 at 10:32 PM
It's unsafe, especially for a woman to be asleep in her car anywhere. No doubt the victim had a good reason, we just don't know what it is. I'm just glad she was not badly hurt.
Phillip Salfen December 08, 2012 at 06:53 AM
I believe it's called, "Living in La La Land." Los Gatos, and the world in general, is not the same as when you and I grew up there. Sad, but true.
Phillip Salfen December 08, 2012 at 06:56 AM
"...Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga have long standing traditions of bringing our communities together." She grew up there. And it WAS like this, back then. It, obviously, is NOT that way now. Seems to be a bunch of scared people that believe the police are there to "protect", and not take ANY responsibility for THEIR OWN protection.
Phillip Salfen December 08, 2012 at 06:58 AM
It does to me. Along with, "While the circumstances described to the officers are unusual, and her injuries were not necessarily consistent with the event as described..."
Peter Cook December 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM
What Los Gatos needs is a 24 hour gun store.


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