San Jose Police Nab One of two suspects in outrageous car robberies – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (KPIX) – San Jose police have arrested a suspect and are looking for a second man in connection with wallet theft across the Bay Area.
“It’s bold, it’s definitely not something we want to see in our city of San Jose,” said Ofc, San Jose police spokesman. Steve Aponte.
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There were a total of nine robberies in San Jose from March 18 to April 26. However, according to Aponte, the suspects are believed to have committed up to 30 similar robberies across the Bay Area, including incidents in Oakland, Union City and Hayward.
The surveillance video of two of the robberies shows the suspects blocking the victims with their car, then jumping out, opening the victims’ car doors and grabbing their wallets.
Aponte said in some cases the suspects smashed car windows to gain access to wallets.
The suspects allegedly would wait for the victims to park their cars or watch them leave shopping malls and banks, and would strike as soon as they got into their cars.
“Car locks, opens the doors, he just opens the door, reaches for it and flees into the suspicious getaway car when the victim gets out of her car and realizes what happened,” said Aponte.
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Aponte said all nine victims in San Jose were Asian American or Pacific islanders. While the robberies don’t appear to be racially motivated, Aponte said the cases were a high priority for the robbery unit.
The AAPI has been nervous as hate crimes have increased since the pandemic began.
“Detectives have worked tirelessly to find information,” Aponte said. “It’s something we had to do for ourselves and our detectives did a really great job connecting the dots.”
On Wednesday, San Jose police arrested Hassani Burleson-Ramsey in Oakland.
Buyers in the areas the suspects were targeting said they are now thinking twice about just getting in and out of their cars.
“To be honest, I think they’re kind of sick in the head,” said one buyer, who wanted to be identified as Astrid. “You came here trying to live the American dream and it sucks to be targeted.”
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“I have to look around first, but you just never know,” said buyer Linda Nguyen.