Arrest made in San Jose purse snatching

Arrest made in San Jose purse snatching

Santos Thompson

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Police Department’s Robbery Unit has announced the arrest of three individuals wanted in a three month long robbery spree in which nine purse snatches had been reported by Asian female victims that had been targeted near Asian shopping centers. According to police a series of purse snatch style robberies which have occurred between November 2016 through January 2017.

Anthony Macias

Anthony Macias

According to Sergeant Enrique Garcia, “The suspects approached the victims as they were walking through parking lots.”  Victims described to police how the suspects would drive by them, stopping and then jumping out of the vehicle, grab their purse and then drive away.  Garcia said, “On several occasions, the victims were dragged and/or struck by the suspects’ vehicles.”

On January 19th, officers from the San Jose Police Department’s Covert Response Unit (CRU) arrested 36-year-old Anthony Macias in the area of S. Almaden Boulevard and Balbach Street in San Jose.  Then on January 31st, San Jose’s Police CRU officers arrested 21-year-old Santos Thompson and 26-year-old Carissa Martinez in the area of Fontaine Road and Flanigan Drive in San Jose.

The suspects have been booked into the Main Santa Clara County Jail for the purse snatching.


Carissa Martinez

Police are still investigating this case and believe that their may be other victims that have been left intimidated or have not reported the assault to police.  The San Jose Police Department is asking that if anyone knows or can identify additional victims are asked to contact Detective Michael White of the San Jose Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (408) 277-4166.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867).

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