SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose Police are looking for a second suspect who evaded CHP officers after leading them on a high speed chase through parts of South San Jose on Tuesday, July 1. Two suspects in a stolen SUV were suspected of committing a home invasion robbery just moments before the CHP gave chase, as the unidentified driver in the SUV was seen making an improper lane change and speeding.
The San Jose Police Department had received a 9-1-1 call early Tuesday morning around 4:05 a.m., reporting a home invasion robbery and sexual assault at a home on the 1500 block of Sunshadow Lane in San Jose.
Officer Albert Morales with the San Jose Police Department said, “Two suspects entered their home armed with weapons”. Each suspect had used a knife to force their way into the home. The 85-year-old elderly couple was then forced to the rear of the home. “At some point, the 85-year-old female was sexually assaulted,” Morales said. During the investigation officers also located what appeared to be graffiti painted on the back wall of the home.
Evidence was collected from what ended up being two crime scenes, with the smashing of the stolen SUV into the garage of an unoccupied building on Senter Road and Singleton Lane in South San Jose. The location of the suspects had been unknown until a patrolling CHP officer noticed the SUV make the unsafe lane change while speeding. The CHP officer gave chase on Highway 101 near the Tully Road Exit. CHP officers, however, lost sight of the SUV. But apparently fearing the CHP was catching up to them, the chase ended with the driver crashing into an unoccupied duplex.
The driver was able to exit the vehicle and ran. However a 15-year-old was trapped inside and was unable to free himself until officers arrived, taking a juvenile male suspect into custody. The driver was able to escape on foot after a brief chase. Police are continuing to work on the case in order to help find and arrest the second suspect. Police described the driver as a Hispanic male between 17 – 25-years of age. Police believe the suspect to be armed and dangerous. Police continued to gather evidence at the scene in hopes of identifying and capturing the second suspect. “Obviously our concern is locating that additional suspect who took off on foot,” Morales said.
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