Man arrested after failed kidnapping attempt at Mountain View home

Man arrested after failed kidnapping attempt at Mountain View home

By Michael Cabanatuan, The San Francisco Chronicle

A 33-year-old transient was arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap a woman from her Mountain View home late Monday, police said.

At about 10:30 p.m., police said, a 53-year-old woman on Montelena Court heard someone repeatedly ringing her doorbell and opened the door. A man pushed his way inside, grabbed her by the neck and said he needed to flee the area. Then he allegedly tried to push her into her own car, but the woman escaped, ran to a neighbor’s home and called police.

The suspect fled on foot and police were unable to locate him until about 3:15 a.m., when dispatchers received calls of a man throwing rocks at windows and yelling.

Officers found a man on a carport who they believed to be connected to the kidnapping, and they used a fire department ladder to get him down. The victim identified the man, Jeremiah Porter, as the person who tried to abduct her, Mountain View police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said.

Porter has no known residence. Police said he told investigators he had spoken with other residents in the neighborhood, and anyone who saw or spoke with him Friday night can contact Officer Bobby Taylor at



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