Suspect linked to home invasion robbery arrested

Suspect linked to home invasion robbery arrested

30-year-old Steven Hawkins was arrested for first degree robbery under PC 211-213(a)(1)(A), PC 459-460, first degree burglary, PC 186.22, participation in a criminal street gang, and PC 209(b)(1), kidnapping. Hawkins entered a home with four other suspects to rob the occupants on the morning of Thursday, Sept 12, 2013. Santa Clara County sheriff’s Captain Rick Sung said, “Around 11:20 a.m., deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the 14000 block of Chrisland Avenue in unincorporated San Jose”.

During their initial arrival Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate and arrest four suspects at the scene. But Hawkins had escaped, causing a local school to lock its doors, a helicopter to circle the area, and dozens of patrol officers to help try and locate all possible suspects involved in the armed robbery. 21-year-old Charles Menifee, 21-year-old Lamont Mims, 19-year-old Randall Taylor, and 27-year-old Darrell Samuels were arrested at the scene and are also currently in custody.

The female victim in this case was unable to clearly identify all of the attackers that had entered her home. But once the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department, working with the Santa Clara District Attorney’s investigators, were able to provide a clear picture line-up of the suspects, the female victim was then able to identify several of the suspects and their actions during the robbery.

At the time of the robbery she was severely shaken up by the event, and was unsure about which suspects she had seen entering through an open window. The female victim was also unable to identify a male suspect who had taken her laptop through a black and white photo line-up provided by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputies just hours after the robbery occurred.

Following up on the available information, and with a new photo line-up, the female victim was able to describe the suspects to investigators. She was able to describe to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputies how the suspects had carried her into her bedroom in order to collect any jewelry and or money she might have had. After she’d been dragged into one room, another suspect came in and took her to another room in order to try and collect valuables she might have also known about.

During the investigation the renters of the home were surprised to hear that one of the suspects had actually thrown a loaded weapon on the top of the room in the rear of the building.

On July 14, 2014, ten months after the arrest of the four individuals a hit came back from fingerprint evidence identifying Steven Hawkins as a suspect who had taken a HP laptop out of the hands of the female victim during the time of the robbery. Hawkins fingerprints were also found on a parked car in the driveway of the home.

Hawkins was the sixth suspect to be involved in the home invasion robbery. Once Hawkins was identified by forensic investigators, a Ramy Arrest Warrant was signed and issued on July 31, 204 for his arrest. Hawkins was arrested in San Francisco and is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bail.

The next court date has been scheduled for November 21, 2014 in the San Jose Hall of Justice at 9:00 am in Dept 30.

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