SAN JOSE – San Jose Police are seeking the whereabouts of a suspect who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday afternoon. According to Officer Albert Morales with the San Jose Police Department, they are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the bank robbery suspect.
Morales said, “On March 28, 2015 at approximately 3:11 P.M. a bank robbery occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 1250 Lincoln Avenue in San Jose.” At that time the suspect reportedly entered the bank and provided the teller with a note demanding money. Morales said, “The Suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and entered a waiting vehicle.” A female driver was seen driving away with the bank robbery suspect in a gray 4-door Mazda 6.
The driver of the vehicle is described as an adult African American female in her late 30’s. The driver can be seen with straight hair combed to the side with a bun tied at the back.
The male suspect has been described as an African American male, standing approximately 6 feet to 6’2″ tall. It is believed that the suspect weighs approximately 250 pounds and is bald. He appears to be between the ages of 50 – 55.
He was last reported to be wearing a blue button-up polo type shirt, with two white stripes across the mid-section. Persons with information regarding this incident are urged to contact Detective Villanueva #3410 of the San Jose Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (408)277-4166. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (408) 947-STOP (7867).
A day prior to that incident, on Monday April 27, police were successful in apprehending another robbery suspect. 29-year-old Michael Jiosa of San Jose was arrested for both felony robbery and misdemeanor resisting arrest. He was detained at the Legacy Transportation Services building on McLaughlin Avenue, which is located behind the Grand Century Asian Shopping Mall and the Walmart Supercenter, both on Story Road. He was arrested just after noon, and booked at the Santa Clara County jail with bail set at $51,000.
Jiosa had been at the Walmart at 777 Story Road, threatening store employees. He had been confronted by Loss Prevention Employees after he tried to leave the store with items he had stolen. When Security officers confronted the suspect Jiosa outside the store, security said,”Jiosa squared up as to fight.” That is when they called police to help detain and arrest Jiosa without their getting hurt trying to detain him.
Jiosa is listed as unemployed and a transient, but he has a history of past arrests while he resided at the Chateau La Salle mobile home park in San Jose. Records going back to 2007 show an arrest for driving under the influence, followed by arrests in 2009 for possession of narcotic controlled substances, a needle or syringe, and being under the influence. In 2010 he was arrested for petty theft, and in 2011 for possession of narcotics. In May of 2012 he was again charged with petty theft, and he was arrested for vandalism in January of 2013.
Jiosa was arrested once again on May 12 for misdemeanor petty theft of personal property. He was cited by San Jose Police for the offense at Kohl’s Department Store in Hillview Plaza Shopping Center on Blossom Hill Road.
CrimeVoice Staff contributed to this report