Members of the Los Altos Police Department have said they have had a busy year. Now that 2012 is about to close they have reportedly decided to reflect on some of the area’s more notable crimes and incidents.
In April of this year defendant Brian Rathjen was apprehended after he stuck two pedestrians with his vehicle. Rathjen admitted to striking the walkers intentionally. Victim Edgar Quiroz died at the scene. A second victim was taken to a local hospital and placed in a medically induced coma. The suspect fled on foot but was captured after calling 9-1-1 to turn himself in after hearing an approaching K-9 unit.
Rathjen was transported to the Santa Clara County Jail where he was booked and processed into the system. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run driving causing property damage, gross negligence, hit-and-run resulting in injury or death and four counts of battery on a police officer. His bail was set well in excess of $100,000.
In October 2012 Los Altos Police Department detectives investigated approximately one dozen burglaries. The incidents took place over a two-week stretch. The suspects remain at large. Persons charged with burglary will not be released from jail on their own recognizance. They will need to hire an expert Santa Clara bail bondsman in order to purchase a bond.