Police briefs: Man almost forced to drink bleach; $130K embezzled at flooring company

 

A San Jose man told police that he was nearly strangled and
nearly forced to drink bleach at Motel 6, 6110 Monterey St., on
Jan. 1 after a drug deal gone bad.
Man strangled, almost forced to drink bleach

A San Jose man told police that he was nearly strangled and nearly forced to drink bleach at Motel 6, 6110 Monterey St., on Jan. 1 after a drug deal gone bad.

An unknown suspect offered to double the San Jose man’s money sometime after 2 a.m. by buying methamphetamine and selling it, intending to split the proceeds, according to police reports. However, the suspect became upset when he was told he could not purchase enough meth to complete the transaction.

As a result, the alleged meth buyer began assaulting and trying to pour bleach into the San Jose man’s mouth, police said. He also used a ligature to choke the victim and bound his wrists behind his back.

The alleged assailant told the man that he would kill him if a third person was not able to use the victim’s ATM card to withdraw $100, police said. That person obtained the money, and the alleged meth seller fled with the victim’s identification card and Social Security card.

Under the table at flooring company

An accountant at Cottage Floors Flooring America, 8365 Monterey St., allegedly embezzled $130,000 over the past two years, police said. Someone from the business noticed that the money was missing from business accounts and notified police at 9:03 a.m. Jan. 4. The case is still under investigation, and police offered no additional information.

Throw the book at him

An unknown person passed a counterfeit $20 bill at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 9:08 a.m. Jan. 4.

Stocking up for New Year’s?

Three men stole $100 worth of alcohol from JV Liquors, 420 First St., 11:28 p.m. Dec. 30, pushing a store employee during the theft. They stole nine bottles of E&J Brandy and two bottles of UV Vodka.

Just a little fast

Miguel Salgado Gonzalez, 23, of Norwalk, was arrested for reckless driving and for engaging in a motor vehicle speed contest, about 6:43 p.m. Jan. 3, after he allegedly ran a stop sign at Second and Hanna streets at about 80 mph. Police said he turned right onto westbound Third Street without attempting to stop and continued at a high rate of speed.

A $2 robbery

Police arrested a youth who attempted to rob someone at knifepoint at 8 p.m. Jan. 3 on Martin Street, police said. When the youth asked the victim for money, the victim gave the youth $2. The youth then took out a large knife and demanded all of the victim’s money. The victim talked the youth out of assaulting the victim, and the youth fled. Police found the youth, who took off on bicycle, in the area and took him into custody after a short pursuit.

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