SANTA CLARA COUNTY — The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a 19-year-old man who brutally beat an 88-year-old woman.
Authorities learned of the attack of elderly woman after being notified by neighbors who found “Miss Flo” in critical condition, finding her car abandoned down the block along with her front yard chain link fence broken down.
Santa Clara County Undersheriff Carl Neusel said, “This was a heinous crime committed by a heartless individual.” Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department detectives Sgt. Josh Singleton and Sgt. James Cardenas worked tirelessly to identifying Zachary Cuen as a suspect after linking physical evidence to the suspect.
Cuen was arrested by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputies late Wednesday evening just two blocks from where he had entered the victims home on the 200 block of North Cragmont Avenue, beating and robbing her of her valuables and jewelry. Cuen was identified and put on 24-hour surveillance after his identity was discovered. Once detectives were able to piece together information linking Cuen to the attack, Cuen was taken into custody and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for the offence.
This was not the first time Cuen had been arrested for a brazen daytime home invasion robbery. Court records reveal that Cuen was on probation for a previous home invasion robbery where he had also targeted an elderly woman as a juvenile.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 408-808-4431.