13 suspected San Jose gang members arrested in road violence; Native Gardener, Landscaper – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – crackdown on a violent street gang in San Jose has resulted in the arrest of 13 suspected members on a variety of charges including attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, assault and illegal possession of firearms.
Police in San Jose said Monday that the arrests were due to increased street violence. The suspects – 11 adults and 2 teenagers – were detained between February 17 and 24.
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The crime wave was not confined to San Jose but occurred in other communities in Santa Clara County.
Among the victims were a number of local gardeners and landscapers targeted by the gang.
The crimes occurred while the victims were away from their vehicles, police said. The theft of their equipment turned into robbery when the suspect used force or brandished weapons before fleeing.
Officers from the Department’s Gang Investigations Unit, Robbery Unit, Covert Response Unit, VCET and METRO Units carried out several search warrants across San Jose.
Searches of these apartments revealed multiple firearms, gait indicators, narcotics and dozens of items of stolen property, police said.
The adults were sent to the Santa Clara County Jail and the youths to the Santa Clara County Youth Hall.
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The total number of victims is unknown. It is also unclear how the crew allegedly fenced off the stolen goods.
“I personally have relatives who do this work. It’s groundbreaking work. They’re always out there, they don’t make a lot of money. Basically, every time their equipment is stolen from them, food is taken from their family’s table, ”Camarillo said.
Eduardo Ascencio, a gardener in San Jose for more than 20 years, was not surprised to learn how the robbery crew worked. A few months ago, Ascencio’s leaf blower was stolen from his pickup truck when he was starting to work in a customer’s back yard when he left his truck on the curb.
“I don’t know, I went to the same place. I’m going backwards, I’m coming back to pick it up. Someone has already picked up the blower, ”said Ascencio.
Landscaping ceased in the early days of the March 2020 pandemic as Santa Clara County tried to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Many workers were unpaid for weeks, and the $ 800 replacement cost was a financial blow to Ascencio.
“I work a lot of money for it. But that’s not good for someone who comes and picks it up, ”said Ascencio.
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Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Weber or Detective Estantino of the San Jose Police Department at 408-277-3835. People who wish to remain anonymous can either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line (408) 947-STOP.