Domestic Violence Incidents Include Arrest of Man Who Denies Making Threats to His Ex
SAN JOSE – According to the San Jose Police Department, a woman was shot and then pushed from a car as the suspect drove away earlier this week on Tuesday, April 7, at around 10 pm. A group of people called San Jose Police to report finding the wounded woman lying in the street on South Bascom Avenue, near Del Mar High School. The vehicle used in the shooting was also found a short time later, abandoned by the suspect. The victim died at the scene, identified by police only as a 33-year-old Sacramento resident. The case remains under investigation.
Domestic abuse can often lead to one or both of the parties involved losing their life if the domestic violence is ignored. According to the Office of the Santa Clara County District Attorney, “A woman is beaten every nine seconds in the United States. Domestic violence is the most under-reported crime in the country, with the actual incidence 5 times higher than is reported.”
In another recent domestic abuse case, the San Jose Police Department arrested 33-year-old Ernest Quesada Jr. for making threats to commit great bodily injury, a violation under PC 422, against his ex-girlfriend back in December of 2014.
According to San Jose Police records, Quesada drove to his ex-girlfriend’s home and started pounding on the front door, demanding that she let him in. The suspect threatened the woman with violence if she did not open the door, and he also warned her to not call the police. However, with quick thinking she was able to call 9-1-1 dispatchers to report the threat, and that she was in fear for her life.
SJPD officers quickly responded and were able to detain Quesada, who was thought to have been hiding in the back yard of the home. But as police approached the yard, Quesada walked up and surrendered to them. Police learned that Quesada and the female victim had tried living together for about two weeks before she broke off the relationship and asked Quesada to leave. She reported that she had not seen Quesada for several weeks until he had shown up at her home on Wednesday, December 3.
SJPD Officers asked the female victim if she wanted to press charges for criminal threats, and she told them yes. She told officers that when she refused to let the suspect enter the home, he threatened to kill her and burn down her home. She told officers that she was in fear for her life, because she thought he would be capable of harming her and or her family.
However, Quesada had another story to tell the police. He told officers that he was evicted from the house a few days prior to his lease ending, and had come back to get property that he had left at the home. Quesada told officers that he and the woman had had arguments in the past, but the police were never called. Quesada denied making any criminal threats while he was at the home.
Deputy District Attorney Steve Dick stated, “All threats must be taken seriously, whether or not you feel the perpetrator has the means to follow through on them, or says that the threats were just a joke.”
In another notable San Jose violent domestic incident from two years ago, on February 14, Valentine’s Day of 2013, 22-year-old Anh Tran was shot and killed by her 29-year-old ex-boyfriend Anh V. Pham, who also shot and killed himself the same day. During the investigation into the shooting it was found that the victim and perpetrator had dated for a few months, before living together for approximately 5 months in 2012. However they had ended their relationship in January, 2013, a month prior to the murder/suicide.
The District Attorney’s Office and local police take criminal threats very seriously. Despite the claims by Ernest Quesada that he had not made any threats, SJPD officers took the victim’s word that he had come to the victim’s house threatening the life and home of his ex-girlfriend. He was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for the incident.
The next court hearing is scheduled for May 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM in Dept 45 in front of the Honorable Charles E. Wilson. While awaiting trial, police records show that Quesada was arrested on February 24 for public intoxication. He was picked up at 2:48 in the morning at or near the Stadium Market and Liquor Store at Keyes and 8th Streets, near the San Jose Municipal Stadium.