Photo: Anthony Casey Muscarella
SAN JOSE – The SJPD announced their arrest of a man after a lengthy standoff on August 20.
The ordeal began when a 32-year-old suspect currently on probation, living in the apartment with his elderly parents. He started to become physically violent and attacked an elderly female victim.
“The mother was able to escape from the apartment, but the adult suspect retreated back into the apartment,” SJPD Officer Gina Tepoorten said. The suspected lived at an apartment complex located on Luz Avenue in East San Jose.
Anthony Casey Muscarella, 32, of San Jose, made serious threats against his elderly mother. He told others he wanted to die and wanted police to shoot and kill him. “He wanted to die, either at his own hand or by officers,” Tepoorten said.
Muscarella’s mother called the police to report her son had abused her and was threatening to commit suicide.
The San Jose Police MERGE Unit with SWATT personnel responded to the scene with multiple SUV and police cruisers. They also brought a large operations vehicle used for negotiating with violent or confused individuals who refuse to exit a building.
Police asked residents near the apartment to leave their homes until they could secure the area.
After a multiple-hour standoff the suspect surrendered to police and was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. His charges are criminal threats, resisting arrest, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and violating his probation.