On April 30th, 2010 at approximately 4:43 pm, the suspect entered the Mexican Brothers Market located in the 100 block of W. Alma Ave. in the City of San Jose. The suspect approached the lone female clerk standing near a cash register. The suspect pointed a firearm at the clerk, and demanded money. After the clerk opened the register, the suspect grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the drawer, and then shot the clerk once in the lower extremity. The suspect fled and was last seen running southbound on Sanborn Ave. The victim was transported to a local hospital with a non life-threatening gunshot wound.
At approximately 7:08 pm, San Jose Police officers received a call of a suspicious person in the 1200 block of Panoche Ave., in the City of San Jose. Panoche Ave. is located approximately 2-1/2 miles east of where the robbery occurred. A resident told police that a man with a bandana covering his face was standing in her driveway. The resident recognized the man as the same subject who had previously fired a weapon into a neighboring home. The suspect ran away when he noticed the resident watching him.
The resident provided responding officers with a description of the suspect, which was immediately broadcast over the police radio.The patrol officers who investigated the earlier robbery and shooting at the market, heard the broadcast and realized that the description of the suspicious person matched that of the robbery suspect. They responded to the scene and were able to locate the suspect’s residence. The suspect, who was later identified as 25-year-old Roman Aguilar, denied involvement in the robbery; however, during a search of his home, investigators discovered a firearm and similar clothing believed to be used in the robbery. Also collected was money believed to be taken during the commission of the robbery. The suspect was arrested without incident and booked on charges of attempted murder, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.