June 2 – 9, 2022
Kitty Horror: A wild raccoon chased a pet cat up into a tree and was “going after it” in front of the kitty’s owner and child. The screeching spectacle took place on Blithedale Avenue. The Marin Humane folks did not have a ladder long enough to effectively deal with the drama, nor did the Mill Valley Fire Department. The cop log provided no conclusion to the story other than the owner was trying to find a private company that could help. Where’s Paladin when you need him?
Girl Bullied: At a local coffee shop a girl was bullied, called names and threatened by kids her age. Her parents called the police and notified school authorities about the incident.
I’ll Kill You: A dispute over an RV parked on Surrey Avenue continued, with one neighbor saying that the other neighbor has threatened to kill him over the issue. The neighbor said he did not actually feel threatened by his neighbor. More of a jerk than a killer. But police advised of the situation.
Recognition: Mill Valley’s finest helped provide security to recognize Tam High School’s Class of 2022 festivities. The PD says: “Congrats to all the seniors on your big day!”
Camper: A homeless man has been making himself home in the area behind the cat clinic, smoking in the dry landscaping and littering. Police check it out.
Strange Man: A student called home while in class about a “strange man” in the teacher’s parking lot. With the events of Uvalde, Tx. Mill Valley Police responded and talked with school authorities. Turned out to be nothing, but no one was taking any chances.
Housekeeping: The son of patrons at a Redwood Frontage motel took a swing at housekeeping staff. The mother of the son apologized, saying her son “wasn’t very good in the head.” Management banned the patrons from returning.
Oh Deer: A driver in an SUV hit a deer on Miller Avenue. He stayed on the scene as long as his he could without missing his flight.
$200 Booze: The manager of a store on Miller Avenue reported that a $200 bottle of tequila was stolen.
Tree Satisfaction: A citizen on Throckmorton requested police talk to him about inadequate policing. The issue was over tree trimming somewhere. But the man would not give police any information about himself or the scene of the crime.
Sketchy: A man – described by a Mill Valley citizen as older and sketchy – tried to thumb a ride on Molino Avenue. Citizen said he could tell the man was older because of his “receding hairline.” Police checked out receding hairlines in the area.
Sleeping Car: A man was reported sleeping on the train car on Throckmorton. Police found a man “resting.” He refused service and moved along.
Pothole: A resident on a gravel road arranged his garbage bins so that people would have to drive through the pothole. Another citizen wouldn’t do it. She got out of her car and moved the garbage bins so that drivers could go around. She asked the police to talk to the jerk who thinks it is OK to make people drive through a large pothole.
June 7- 9, 2022
Porch Pirate: A citizen provided police with a video showing two people in an “old brown truck” stealing packages from Gate Road. The citizen was not a victim, but was looking out for his neighbors.
Harassment: A woman says her landlord is sending her threatening texts over junk in her rental that needs to be cleaned up. Also told her not to notify the police. So, she notified the police.
Smash ‘n Grab: A truck was broken into on Bridgeway on June 8 and a Dell computer was taken.
Marin County Sheriff
Victim Identified: On Saturday June 4, at approximately 10:34 p.m. multiple 911 calls were received advising of gunshots heard near the intersection of Medway Road and Mill Street near the 7-Eleven Convenience Store. First Responders located a male victim with open wounds, provided medical aid and transported him to an area hospital. Despite best efforts, the victim died. He has been positively identified as Erick Boliver MENDEZ VASQUEZ, a 33-year-old man from San Rafael, CA.
Community Policing: The Marin County Sheriff’s Department met with the residents at The Meadows at Martin Downs recently. MCSO, along with Stuart Police, were delighted to join forces and attend their HOA meeting to talk about public safety in our community.
MCSO Chief Deputy John Budensiek gave residents an overview of current crime trends and how they are being addressed. Community Outreach Manager Trisha Green talked briefly about frauds and scams.
Car Theft: On the afternoon of June 7, Novato Police Officers responded to Vintage Oaks Shopping Center on a call for service regarding a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was located occupied near Target. Officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop and arrested 33-year-old, Brandon Reece Clark, a San Francisco resident. “High-risk” traffic stops are typically initiated when a vehicle is reported as stolen and when the stop possesses a significant risk to the officers when dealing with the occupants of a vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted, which revealed suspected Fentanyl as well as numerous suspected stolen items. Clark was also in possession of a stun gun and pepper spray. He was booked into the Marin County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of controlled substances and other charges.