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Polly Klaas anniversary brings help from Bay Area restaurant chain

Wednesday marked the 21-years since the kidnapping and murder of Polly Klaas. 

It was a shocking crime that has had long lasting effects on the search for missing children according to her father Marc Klaas.

“As a direct result of Polly’s tragedy, the very first missing child protocol was written by the FBI,” said Klaas, “that was sort of the beginning of fast response for missing children.”

And in the decades since her death, there have been many changes aimed at protecting children including the Megan’s Law sexual predator list and Amber alerts.

On the anniversary, Klaas dined at Pasta Pomodoro in Novato where the restaurant chain’s Bay Area locations were helping to fundraise for his KlaasKids foundation.

“What I’m asking people to do is to just contemplate her legacy if they come here and participate in this tonight,” said Klaas.

His foundation actively aids in the search for missing children.  For years, an East Coast task force of volunteers deployed on reports of missing children to help search, pass out fliers, and aid families with the media.

In the past year, KlaasKids formed a West Coast version of that same team that has already participated in searches.

“We organize citizens and volunteers to do searches for missing kids often times once law enforcement has pulled their search back,” said Klaas.

Klaas is currently working on a 2016 ballot initiative aimed at renewing the currently stalled death penalty in California.

The man who killed his daughter remains on death row at San Quentin.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:37:01 -0700

Woman robbed by 'good-Samaritans’ after car breaks down

A struggling graduate student who's also a musician became a crime victim Monday as she drove to work. Cecilia, who asked KTVU not to give out her last name, now has a warning for others about trusting strangers.

Her ordeal started along Capitol Expressway near Quimby.

She was driving to her job as a student teacher at a high school when her Toyota Camry broke down.

She says a couple pulls up behind her in a four door gray Honda sedan.

The man gets out, helps push Cecilia’s car off the road and offers to drive her to work.

"If you need a ride, I can help you get there but would you mind getting me some gas in exchange. I said, of course," said Cecilia.

The 22-year-old tells KTVU they first drove to a nearby gas station, but she was unable to buy gas there since it didn't take credit cards.

They drove to another gas station and that's when things went wrong.

When Cecilia got out of the car to pay at the pump, the man drove off with her stuff.

"It's frustrating I thought these people were helping me. Instead, they robbed me and they stole all my belongings," said Cecilia.

The musician says her guitar, an iPad she borrowed and her book bags were stolen by the thieves.

"How can you eat or sleep when this happens to you?" says Cecilia.

Cecilia says she doesn't have much of an income and teaches singing to a limited number of students while studying at Santa Clara University.

"At this moment, I don't know who to trust anymore and it's really hard for me to see strangers," she said.

Police say investigators have identified a suspect but that he has not been located yet.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:32:43 -0700

Man sucker-punched in random attack

A Sunnyvale man punched out of nowhere is talking to KTVU about being the target of a random attack while he was out shopping with his family at a Mountain View shopping center off El Camino Real.

Peter Murray said he was grabbing lunch with his wife and two young girls at Erik’s Deli when someone sucker punched him, leaving him with a black eye and sending him to the emergency room.

“She called my name and I just barely turned,” said Murray. “It was just lights out.”

Murray and his wife described the moment a man approached him from behind and clocked him just as he was getting his two-year-old out of the car in a Mountain View parking lot last Sunday.

“It was like a truck slamming,” said Murray. “He had a good shot. He did a nice job as far as his hit. I've never had a big hit like that."

While the blow itself was bad enough, the 46-year-old landscape architect said what’s worse is his two and five year old girls witnessed it and started screaming.

“I’m pissed,” said Murray. “It makes me really angry and I would love to find the guy."

“It wasn't really an exchange of words,” said Sgt. Saul Jaeger of Mountain View Police. “It was more of an unprovoked attack.”

Mountain View Police said a nearly identical attack happened last week at intersection of Phyllis and Grant, involving a 63-year-old Los Altos man. Police have stepped up patrols in the area.

"There are going to be officers out here and yes we are looking for additional witnesses,” said Sgt. Jaeger.

Murray describes the attack as unpredictable and scary and is now warning others who frequent the shopping area to be on the lookout and to be careful. 

“I sure wish you could be eye to eye with someone than just a chicken shot slap to the head from behind,” said Murray.

Murray described his attacker as a Caucasian man in his 20's or 30's with a goatee. He also had a backpack with him at the time. The only thing he told Murray was he deserved it.

 

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:05:33 -0700

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