Matthew Slone and Lorenzo Green
SANTA CLARA COUNTY — The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 11:06 Thursday morning asking for help from Transit Patrol deputies after an armed robbery was reported at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Blossom Hill Station.
A female rider was waiting for the train on the platform when she told officers that two suspects had approached her and demanded that she give them her items. One of the male suspects then brandished a handgun while the second suspect forcefully took her belongings.
According to Sergeant Richard Glennon with the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office, “Within minutes, Transit Patrol deputies immediately began a search for the fleeing suspects.”
Just a few minutes later, a break came when the suspects where spotted in a residential neighborhood just north of the Blossom Hill Light Rail Station. Glennon said, “Deputies located and arrested one suspect without incident.”
20-year old Matthew Slone was arrested as one of the possible suspects. Glennon said, “The other suspect fled from deputies over residential fences and in the direction of the Kinderwood Children’s Center.”
During this time, to take total precaution, Sheriff’s Deputies requested the lock down of Kinderwood and Del Roble Elementary Schools near the area where the second suspect was hiding.
Utilizing over 25 sworn deputies, the search for the second suspect led officers to a garbage can, in which 18-year-old Lorenzo Green was hiding.
The lockdowns for both elementary schools were lifted at 11:55 AM. Glennon said, “With the help of a Sheriff’s Office Transit Patrol K9 unit, the handgun along with other evidence was located within the closed off perimeter.”
Both suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for PC 211: felony armed robbery.