Photo: Ryan Garner
SAN JOSE – The San Jose Police Department has made an arrest of a wanted suspect in the stabbing death of a woman who was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
According to San Jose Police Officer Gina Tepoorten, “On Thursday, July 18, 2019, at about 2:34 PM, San Jose police officers responded to Regional Medical Center in San Jose on a report of a severely injured female adult that was dropped off at the hospital.” The woman was later identified as 57-year-old Cynthia Mykkanen.
During an investigation into her injuries, it was revealed that her son, 35-year-old Ryan Garner, was responsible. Tepoorten said, “The investigation revealed that the suspect assaulted the victim inside their residence on the 3300 block of Cortese Circle in San Jose.”
He then realized that her injuries were severe and drove her to the Regional Medical Center on Bascom Avenue, taking her to the Emergency Room. But he soon fled, fearing his arrest. Police later located Garner driving on Highway 101 at Blossom Hill Road in San Jose and conducted a high-risk felony stop. The suspect was taken from the vehicle using a canine to help subdue him.
After being treated for a dog bite, Garner was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on a charge of felony attempted murder. However since the passing of Ms. Mykkanen, the charge was amended to PC 187, murder.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Sergeant TJ Lewis or Detective Brian Meeker of the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283.