SAN JOSE – A 1995 Blue Honda Accord was stolen from a parking area in the neighborhood of Tallahassee and Amador Drives in East San Jose. 23-year-old Jorge Luis Ibarez, who had stolen the car, was found to have already been booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on PC 187, murder – when they filed charges for vehicle theft against him for the incident that occurred on June 1, 2013.
On June 19, 2013 the San Jose Police Department received a 911 call reporting that a person had been shot near the 1600 block of Virginia Avenue in San Jose. SJPD Homicide Detectives identified Ibarez as a gang member who was involved in the deadly attack on a teen who had been brutally beaten, and then shot in the head by another gang member at the scene.
Homicide Commander Lt. Mike Kihmm said, “After several months of conducting many interviews by our Homicide detectives, I am proud to say they were able to solve this case. Also, it is six less gang members off the streets causing fear to our communities in San Jose. I also want to commend our Covert Response Unit (CRU) and the United States Marshal’s office for assisting us in the apprehension efforts of these suspects.”
Ibarez was arrested on October 22, 2013 for participation in a criminal street gang that killed the unarmed 16-year-old boy, Manuel Urzoua of San Jose.
Meanwhile, the female automobile theft victim reported to police that she had no idea who may have stolen her car. However, the Regional Auto Theft Task Force was able to collect evidence identifying Ibarez as the person responsible for the theft. According to police records, a check on fingerprints lifted from the stolen vehicle’s door handle on 8/21/2013 matched the middle finger impression of Ibarez’s left hand. The finger print analysis confirmed several prints found in and around the vehicle determined that Ibarez had been the last one to use the vehicle.
RATTF investigators asked the female victim if she knew Ibarez but she only replied “No”. When asked if she wanted to press criminal charges, she told officers, “Yes” that she wanted to press charges against him for the theft. The next court hearing for the auto theft charge will be held on November 11, 2014 at 8:30 am in Dept. 35.