The San Jose woman says she was attacked and robbed while leaving the bar
A woman from San Jose asked to sit down the night she said she was brutally assaulted and knocked unconscious during a robbery.
SAN JOSE, California – – A woman from San Jose asked to sit down the night she said she was brutally assaulted and knocked unconscious.
The victim, 32-year-old Lauren Gutierrez, said she was crossed the street and robbed after leaving a pub in San Jose. She said it happened on March 21st before Willow Den.
Her memory of that night is foggy because her injuries are so severe. She is slowly regaining her memory and needs help finding answers and those responsible.
Gutierrez’s injuries are clearly visible. She said she got two black eyes after spending a night in a bar with an incredibly violent friend.
“I feel lucky to be alive,” said Gutierrez.
Gutierrez was at Willow Den in San Jose the night of the attack. At around 10:30 p.m. the dental assistant called an Uber. The next thing she knew was that she was being dragged across the street by a couple.
“I remember getting kicked, kicked in the head and beaten and suffocated,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez said she was knocked unconscious and police found her two hours later in an alley across from Willow Den. Gutierrez’s mother said her daughter was rushed to the hospital with a traumatic brain injury, broken eye sockets, nose and jaw.
“Every single nurse that came across her kept telling her, Lauren, I don’t care if you have a drink, half a drink, five drinks,” said Mother Connie Amaya. “Nobody deserves to be attacked like you were attacked.”
Gutierrez said her attackers took away her earrings, iPhone and Apple Watch.
“The victim stood alone and maybe waited, and I think it was most likely a pointless, random act of violence,” said Willow Den owner Hans Heller.
Heller said the bar was cooperating with the police and a security guard saw Gutierrez and her friend leave the bar but did not see the attack.
Cameras, he said, did not work during the pandemic, but other cameras in the area could provide clues. He said it was unclear whether the attackers were patrons of the bar or not.
“I just can’t say enough to keep the people out there safe, especially the women who go outside alone,” Gutierrez said.
The only descriptions of the suspects are that the man and woman may have been in their thirties or forties. The bar has decided to close on Fridays and Saturdays for the time being. The San Jose police have assigned a detective to investigate the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Jose Police Department.
Azenith Smith is a reporter at KTVU. Email Azenith at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @AzenithKTVU or Facebook or ktvu.com.