General Crime

* Jose Villalobos, Libni Ramirez Sanchez, Efrain Martinez, Wilber Gomez and Jose Valencia Arrested in San Jose for Alleged Kidnapping

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UPDATE Click Here November 17, 2010 San Jose police are continuing to investigate kidnapping of a businessman for a $1 million ransom

Friday, 11/5/10, 7:16 a.m., the San Jose Police Department received a report of a kidnapping. The caller, a relative of the victim, reported the victim had left his home the previous evening, Thursday, 11/4/10, around 9:00 p.m. to run errands. This was not considered unusual for the victim, as the victim is a local food business owner and is known to check his business establishments during the evening hours. The victim failed to return home at the expected time, prompting family to call the victim’s cellular phone around 12:30 a.m. However, the victim’s phone apparently was turned off and the call went directly to voice mail. This in itself was unusual, as the victim habitually maintains his cellular phone turned on and is known to answer all calls. At approximately 1:15 a.m., Friday, 11/5/10, the victim’s family received a call from the one of the suspects, demanding $1 million ransom by 6:00 a.m. for the safe return of the victim. The victim’s family delayed calling the San Jose Police Department until 7:16 a.m., at which time a team of officers were assigned to the investigation from the Patrol Division; Special Operations — Mobile Emergency Response Group and Equipment (MERGE) and METRO; Bureau of Investigations — Robbery, Assaults, Gang Investigations, and Homicide units initiated an intensive and widespread investigation into the victim’s kidnapping. The police investigation continued throughout the day with officers coordinating their various investigative methods at various locations throughout the city. These concerted investigative efforts allowed officers to develop leads and information that subsequently revealed the victim was being held captive in the 1100 block of Fargate Circle in San Jose. Officers responded to the 1100 block of Fargate Circle and observed a vehicle leaving the house where the victim was being held. Officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop of the suspect car and took the driver and one passenger into custody at approximately 8:13 p.m. Officers obtained information from the driver and passenger of the suspect vehicle which confirmed the victim was alive and being held in a two-story residential dwelling of the 1100 block of Fargate Circle. Officers continued to surveil the house where the victim was being held and observed two males exit the house. Officers acted promptly and took the two subjects into custody without incident. Officers obtained additional information from both suspects, which confirmed the victim was being held captive in the house while bound with duct tape. Officers also learned of a fifth suspect who was armed and had remained in the house to monitor the victim.

Shortly after officers arrested the two subjects that had exited the house, a male subject was observed jumping out a second story window from the house where the victim was being held. Officers contacted the subject who had jumped out of the window and determined it was the victim. Officers moved the victim to safety and promptly took the fifth suspect into custody without incident at approximately 10:11 p.m. The victim had sustained non life-threatening injuries inflicted by his captives and also sustained non life-threatening injuries as a result of jumping out of the second story window. Investigation revealed the suspects had assaulted the victim using an electric stun device. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was admitted with non life-threatening injuries. Additional investigation following the rescue of the victim and arrest of the suspects revealed controlled substances in the victim’s home. The motive remains under investigation and it is unknown whether the suspects targeted the victim in connection with his illicit drug activity. The suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on various charges, including Kidnapping for Ransom and Robbery. A total of approximately 125 officers were utilized to investigate this case due to the severity and nature of this crime. These included officers from the aforementioned specialized units and all three patrol division shifts.

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