SJPD Arrest Four Suspects in Armed Robbery, Seeking Other Possible Victims
Christopher French, Jaleen Fleming and Jeremy Lemelle
SAN JOSE – The San Jose Police Department has announced the arrest of four suspects wanted in a daytime robbery that escalated into a shooting as the suspects drove away. According to San Jose Police Officer Gina Tepoorten, “On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at approximately 3:40 PM, San Jose police officers responded to a call of a person shot at Eastridge Mall located at 2185 Eastridge Loop in San Jose.”
Four male suspects were seen shooting at another man in the parking lot as he tried to evade the men after they demanded his property.
The male victim suffered a gunshot wound but was not severely injured, and is currently healing from his injury. After firing multiple gunshots, four male suspects ran from the scene.
Three fled in Grey or Gold 2000 Toyota Camry, while a fourth suspect reentered the mall through a department store entrance. It was there that San Jose Police with mall security officer’s located 20-year-old Christopher French.
After the arrest of French and the escape of three other suspects, detectives were able to determine the identities of the three remaining escaped male suspects that eventually led to their arrest.
After a five-month investigation into the shooting, further arrests were made. “On August 17, 2017, Jaleen Fleming was arrested at his residence in San Jose. That same day, Jeremy Lemelle was arrested at a hotel in Milpitas,” SPD Officer Tepoorten said. Several weeks later Devin Morris was arrested at his residence on September 8.
20-year-old Christopher French and 30-year-old Jeremy Lemelle were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for robbery and assault with a firearm. 19-year-old Jaleen Fleming and 18-year-old Devin Morris were booked for robbery.
Police believe that the four suspects were also wanted in other robberies throughout the area of San Jose during the months of March and April of this year. San Jose police believe there may be other possible victims that did not report to police being robbed by the suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael White and Detective Enrique Hernandez 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), or click the “Submit a Tip” link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.