SJPD Arrests Suspect in Homicide

SJPD Arrests Suspect in Homicide
Photo: Lejon Terrel Rhodes

SAN JOSE – The San Jose Police Department has announced the arrest of 24-year-old Lejon Terrel Rhodes for the murder of 44-year-old Jamal Wright on December 2, 2017. According to San Jose Police Officer Gina Tepoorten, “On Saturday, December 2, 2017, at approximately 3:36 AM, San Jose police officers responded to a person shot in the 1200 block of Santa Clara Street in San Jose.”

Evidence collected at the scene lead to the identity of Rhodes, who had fled the scene just seconds after he shot Wright multiple times during a dispute. The shooting death of Wright marked the city’s 30th homicide of the year.

During a brief two week investigation into the shooting, detectives were able to track down the suspected gunman at a home in San Francisco. “On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, the suspect was arrested in San Francisco by the San Jose Police Department’s Covert Response Unit,” Tepoorten said. “Suspect Rhodes was booked into Santa Clara County jail for Murder.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Wayne Smith or Detective Sergeant John Barg of the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283.

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.

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