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San Jose Police Department
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SJPD Investigating a series of Armed Robberies and Attempted Murder
Filed under Press Release, on 10/13/2017 9:00:00 PM by Author: Officer Gina Tepoorten #3103.

TYPE OF CRIME: Armed Robbery and Attempted Murder CASE NUMBER: 17-284-1020
LOCATION: Various locations in San Jose
 
 
 
SUSPECT #1: Michael Velavalencia AGE:  18 Years
ADDRESS: San Jose Resident
 
SUSPECT #2: Juvenile (Withheld)
AGE:  16 Years
ADDRESS: San Jose Resident
 
 
SUSPECT #3: Juvenile  (Withheld) AGE:  17 Years
ADDRESS: San Jose Resident
 
SUSPECT #4: Juvenile  (Withheld) 
AGE:  15 Years
ADDRESS:  San Jose Resident 

 
SUSPECT #5: Juvenile  (Withheld)
AGE: 14 Years          
ADDRESS: San Jose Resident 



Suspect #1: Michael Velavalencia

 
San Jose, CA  The San Jose Police Department's Robbery Unit is investigating a series of Armed Robberies and an Attempted Murder that occurred on October 11 and October 12, 2017.  

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at approximately 9:55 PM, three male suspects entered Walgreen's located at 1130 Bird Avenue.  While inside the store, the suspects stole merchandise.  An employee attempted to stop the suspects but was knocked to the ground, sustaining minor injuries.  The suspects fled in a dark colored Jeep with paper plates.

At approximately 10:52 PM, four male suspects attempted to gain entry into a residence in the 2500 block of Cottle Avenue.  The homeowner armed himself with a gun and confronted the armed suspects in the front yard.  The homeowner was shot at least once and was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The suspects fled in a dark colored SUV.     

At approximately 11:05 PM, San Jose police officers received a call of multiple suspects rummaging through a vehicle in the area of Mary Lee Way at Woodmont Drive.  Arriving officers located an unoccupied, stolen black Jeep, with multiple bullet holes in it.  This location is a few blocks from the above shooting incident.     

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, at approximately 3:00 AM, an occupied residential burglary occurred in the 1200 block of Norval Way.  A Green Kia was stolen from the residence.

At approximately 4:30 AM, an occupied residential burglary occurred in the 500 block of Hyde Park Drive.  The suspects stole a white Mercedes and black Range Rover.  

At approximately 4:43 AM, suspect Michael Velavalencia was arrested by San Jose patrol officers for possession of a stolen vehicle.  Follow-up investigation revealed Velavalencia was also involved in the above listed crimes along with the listed juveniles.  Velavalencia was subsequently booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for 459 PC-Burglary (2 counts), 496 PC-Possession of stolen property, 148 PC-Resisting arrest, 10851 CVC-Possession of a stolen vehicle, and 2800 CVC-Evading a peace officer. 

At approximately 9:30 AM, a carjacking occurred at the Tamien Light Rail Station, located at 499 West Alma Avenue in San Jose (Santa Clara County Sheriff's jurisdiction).  Three male suspects arrived in the stolen white Mercedes and took the victim's vehicle by force.

At approximately 3:40 PM, suspects #3, #4 and #5 were arrested in San Jose by officers from the Santa Clara County Regional Auto Theft Task Force in the white Mercedes.  Suspect #3 was arrested for 459 PC-Burglary (2 counts), 215 PC-Carjacking, and 10851 CVC-Possession of a stolen vehicle.  Suspect #4 was arrested for 215 PC-Carjacking and 10851 CVC-Possession of a stolen vehicle.  Suspect #5 was arrested for 10851 CVC-Possession of a stolen vehicle.   

At approximately 11:18 PM, suspect #2, who shot the homeowner was arrested by San Jose patrol officers at his residence for 664/187 PC-Attempted murder, 211 PC-Robbery, and 215 PC-Carjacking. 

The juveniles were booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.

The case is still on-going and actively being investigated. We are asking for the public's assistance in identifying additional victims of these robberies who may have not reported their robbery to police.

Persons with information regarding this incident or any other similar incidents are urged to contact Detective Tedro Habib of the San Jose Police Department's Robbery Unit at (408) 277-4166.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867), or click the "Submit a Tip" link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

BY: Ofc. Gina Tepoorten #3103  AUTHORIZED BY: Lt. Paul Joseph #3148 
DATE: 10/13/17 TIME: 9:00 PM DATE: 10/13/17 TIME: 9:00 PM


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