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SAN JOSE — The San Jose State University Police made an arrest this week of a man suspected of brandishing a gun on campus. After a dense search with dozens of officers responding to the scene, police located a loaded handgun that had been disposed of in the area.
Unknown to police at the time, a transient had become belligerent with others and had taken off on foot through the campus after being confronted with the found gun. The suspect was identified as Joshua Castro, 23, a transient who is also a felon on parole.
The suspect was found hiding inside a vent in on the third floor of the Spartan Building. According to police, pepper spray was used to take the suspect into custody after a K9 unit was used to help locate him.
Subsequently, Castro was arrested and taken to a hospital for treatment related to the pepper spray and then booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail for violation of his parole for the having an illegal handgun and trespassing on campus property.
The handgun was located near where the reporting party has first identified the suspect as having threatened them. Police recovered the handgun from a bush nearby. Students were asked to shelter in place until the suspect and any possible threat could be evaluated and diffused.
Transient on SJSU campus located after brandishing a handgun was last modified: August 20th, 2019 by