A man arrested Feb. 17 for attempted kidnapping in a Mountain View home near Palo Alto had allegedly held another woman and her daughter hostage that same evening, according to new details released by the Mountain View Police Department on Thursday.
Police said the man, identified as 33-year-old transient Jeremiah Porter, had entered a woman's home on Monroe Drive near the Palo Alto border at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, and held her and her daughter hostage for roughly half an hour before leaving, according to police. The victims were reluctant to immediately report the incident because Porter had allegedly threatened to harm them if they contacted the police.
"It was only after we publicly released information about the attempted kidnapping and Porter's arrest that the victim felt safe coming forward," police said.
Police said that Porter, who is currently being held without bail in Santa Clara County Main Jail, had allegedly held the family hostage shortly before heading up the street to Montelena Court and repeatedly ringing the doorbell of another home.
When the victim, a 53-year-old woman, answered the door, Porter allegedly grabbed her by the neck and tried to force her into her car, police said. He reportedly told the victim during the attack that he needed to flee the area.
The victim was able to escape to a nearby home, and officers were unable to immediately locate the suspect.
Around 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, police received reports of a man who was throwing rocks at windows and yelling on the 2700 block of Del Medio Court, a short distance from the Montelena Court home. A man, later identified as Porter, was found nearby standing on top of a carport, and officers used a fire department ladder to bring him down and arrest him.
Anyone who may have information on Porter's whereabouts between Feb. 14 and Feb. 17 is asked to contact Detective Matt Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.