SAN JOSE – The city of San Jose is now experiencing an unprecedented number of homicides. Beginning in 2011 and for the next 2 years following, homicide totals were 42, 46, and 44.
In 2014 the total was only 31, and in 2015 increased policing in high crime areas reduced these numbers to 30. However, this year, these numbers have now reached 36 with four months to go in the year. This year’s numbers are expected to reach the same level as 2011 – 2013.
According to police, on Friday, August 12, 2016, at 12:07 AM, officers responded to the area of northbound Hwy 101 and the northbound Hwy 280 connector on a report of a dead body with an undetermined cause of death. According to police, the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office responded and upon examining the victim they observed injuries indicating the victim was possibly the victim of a homicide.
He was identified as 41-year-old Alejandro Sacarias.
Then at 8:30 PM on August 25, 2016, another body was found to be in the same area near Herald and Bonita Avenue in San Jose. When officers arrived at the scene it appeared that an adult male was deceased from what appeared to be blunt force trauma to the head.
In addition, a drive-by shooting was reported on August 21, 2016. Brothers 27-year-old Michael Ramirez and 36-year-old Arturo Ramirez were shot dead near the 900 block of S. 8th Street in San Jose.
According to police, no suspects have been identified or apprehended in the fatal shooting.