MILPITAS – A red Honda Accord was found at the scene by Milpitas Police Officers after a report of a car hitting a fire hydrant located near 1300 block of Dempsey Road near French Court. The car’s driver, 26-year-old Anthony Munoz Guzman, faces two charges of Grand Theft Auto under VC 10851, Vehicle theft with a prior conviction, and VC 20002 (a) (1) – VC20002 (a) (2), hit and run associated with the theft of the vehicle.
On Saturday, June 21 Milpitas Police Department Officers were called to the area of Dempsey Road and French Court. A female witness told MPD Officers that she was in her home when she heard tires screeching and then a “big boom”. She came out of her home to see a male driver standing next to the vehicle looking dazed and confused. She noticed that the male suspect opened the trunk and grabbed a few items and then began to walk away on foot. The male Hispanic suspect had hit a fire hydrant, and she thought this was very suspicious as the he began to walk through some bushes, apparently abandoning the vehicle. It was thought Guzman had jumped over a fence in order to get out of the area. He was soon found by responding officers walking along Dempsey Road.
A report run on the red Honda revealed that it had been stolen out of the City of San Jose. The owner was called and confirmed that the vehicle was possibly theirs and that it had been stolen. After Guzman was located walking in the surrounding neighborhood, he was subsequently detained and then transported to Santa Clara Main Jail. Two backpacks were found near where he was located. Inside one of the backpacks was a pre-booking sheet with the name Anthony Guzman, and an Aladdin Bail Bonds document had also been found.
Guzman’s recent arrest records show he was picked up in May for vehicle theft and possession of burglary tools, and then in June for burglary and possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance, impersonating someone else, and an outstanding warrant.
In most cases a scheduled bail amount is given for the possible release of a suspect being charged with a crime. The court identifies the charges with the “setting of a reasonable bail amount”, according to the Honorable Deborah A. Ryan. A forfeiture of bail can be applied after a suspect has failed to appear in court. Forfeiture can also be applied when setting a bail standard, which would place a hold on a suspect’s release upon revocation of probation.
Guzman was subsequently booked into the Santa Clara Main Jail on new auto theft charges. Guzman’s next court appearance has been scheduled for July 29 at 9:00 am in Dept 38.
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