San Jose police today announced the arrest of three men and one juvenile who they say are responsible for terrorizing multiple families in a string of recent home invasions.
One of the suspects was involved in a June violent home invasion one day after he was released on bail after being arrested on an unrelated charge, police said.
Armando Manzano and Daniel Mendez, both 19, Eduardo Santiago, 23, and a 17-year-old juvenile, all from San Jose, are in custody for various robbery and assault charges related to the attacks.
In a June 30 press release, police said that on May 31, at approximately 3:50pm, they responded to a report of a home invasion that had occurred in the 600 block of North Capitol Avenue.
An elderly couple told officers that five to six men had entered their home, bound them with belts, brandished a handgun and violently assaulted them. The suspects stole various personal items, including bank cards, jewelry and the victims’ vehicle before fleeing before police arrived..
Police said the stolen vehicle was used a short time later in a second home invasion in the 1000 block of Summerdale Drive, where five suspects held a male victim and his 15-month-old child at gunpoint. The suspects threatened to shoot the child, then abducted the father, forcing him to go to his bank and demanding that he withdraw money from his account, according to the police report.
The suspects returned with the victim to his Summerdale Drive home and stole various personal items, including bank cards and jewelry. The suspects were captured on a dash camera fleeing from the scene by the victim's wife as she came home, police said.
Then on June 7, at 12:18pm, a third similarly violent home invasion occurred. In a residence in the 4000 block of Bolero Drive, two male suspects held an elderly couple at gunpoint and violently assaulted them, according to police.
Police said the suspects rummaged through the home and attempted to steal various items. Because one of the victims was able to contact police during the home invasion, officers were able to arrest two suspects as they fled from the scene. The suspects, identified as Manzano and Mendez, were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on felony robbery charges.
During the investigation, detectives from the police department’s robbery unit identified two additional suspects, Santiago and a juvenile male. Detectives obtained arrest warrants for the suspects and search warrants for their residences, where both suspects were apprehended in San José without incident. Using search warrants for the suspect’s homes, police said they recovered various items of stolen property.
Robbery detectives learned that suspect Manzano had been arrested on an unrelated charge of evading police on the evening of June 5 and booked into jail. Manzano was released from custody on June 6, the day before the home invasion. Suspects Manzano, Mendez and Santiago are currently in custody at the Santa Clara County Main Jail.
The suspects are believed to be involved in additional burglaries and violent crimes. SJPD is asking for the public’s assistance in providing all potential surveillance footage of the suspects, regardless of whether the footage captured a crime in progress. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective VanBrande #4542 of the San José Police Robbery Unit via email: [email protected] or 408-277-4166.
So these thugs most likely have been active committing crimes for months.
Another reason CA citizens are cheering the SCOTUS decision on Second Amendment constitutional rights.
While not a CCW permit issue, it is comforting to hear that a 93 year old citizen was able to defend himself during a similar home invasion in Moreno Valley CA.
June 30th, 2022, ABC News,
” 93-year-old man shoots home intruder, fends off others near Los Angeles”
A 93-year-old suburban LA homeowner, who a relative said was frustrated over being the victim of numerous home break-ins, shot and critically wounded a burglar and scared off the would-be thief’s accomplices, according to authorities.
“I approached them to put them under citizen’s arrest. They wouldn’t adhere to that and then one of them came at me with a fishing pole,”
He said the suspects, who entered his home after kicking open his door, began throwing things at him as he tried to hold them at gunpoint.
“It was just like somebody comes to a gunfight with a pocketknife, you know,”
Teague called 911 at about 12:30 p.m. and reported a burglary in progress at his home, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. As deputies responded, Teague told a dispatcher he was holding several suspects, according to the sheriff’s department.
A witness told deputies that several people were seen fleeing Teague’s home on foot prior to the arrival of deputies.
The wounded suspect was hospitalized in critical condition…”Investigators have established that several individuals were inside the property when a shooting occurred,”
SCOTUS and CCW have absolutely Nothing to do with storing, owning and using a gun to defend your own home
@Tyler, Reading comprehension is key – I specifically stated that CCW permit was not at issue above.
And yes, SCOTUS has very much to do with confirming Second Amendment rights against states that continually try to obstruct citizen’s rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.
The 2008 Heller & 2010 McDonald affirmed that handguns cannot be banned from possession in the home (through licensing restrictions) and that laws requiring trigger locks or storage requirements are also unconstitutional.
“…the requirement that any lawful firearm in the home be disassembled or bound by a trigger lock makes it impossible for citizens to use arms for the core lawful purpose of self-defense and is hence unconstitutional.”
And in 2022, SCOTUS recent rulings and decisions impact all Firearms restrictions and regulations:
“The court made it harder to justify gun restrictions… Justice Thomas wrote that the nation’s appeals courts have been applying an incorrect standard for assessing whether such (gun) laws are impermissible. From now on, Thomas wrote, courts can uphold (gun) regulations only if the government can prove that they fall within traditionally accepted limits.”
Additionally on June 30th, “SCOTUS issued a series of rulings reversing federal appeals court decisions that upheld gun restrictions in California, New Jersey, Maryland, and Hawaii.”
These cases were sent back for review based on the June 23rd New York ruling and are mainly centered on magazine capacity limitations and semi-automatic weapons restrictions.
State and District “Courts will find it difficult to uphold the firearms laws in question after the high court’s June 30 and June 23 rulings.”