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* Andrew Mark Rachal Arrested For Alleged San Jose Stabbing Murder

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Press Release

San Jose: On May 10, 2011, at approximately 2:47 PM, San Jose police investigated a reported stabbing at a residence in the 1700 block of Kyra Circle.  The victim suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken to Regional Medical Center, in San Jose, where he was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses reported allegedly seeing Andrew Mark Rachal flee the scene in a white 2005 GMC pickup truck prior to the arrival of officers.  Investigators identified the alleged suspect as Andrew Mark Rachal and a warrant for his arrest was obtained.  The suspect’s vehicle and license plate numbers were also identified and entered into a nationwide “wanted persons” database.

On May 11, 2011, at approximately 3:30 PM, the suspect reportedly fell or jumped from a highway overpass onto U.S. Route 101 in Carpinteria (Santa Barbara County).  The victim was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, in Santa Barbara, where he currently remains hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.

During their investigation, Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies located the suspect’s pickup truck and, after checking the license plate, learned the suspect was wanted for stabbing the victim in San Jose.

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies placed the suspect under arrest on the San Jose warrant, while still hospitalized at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and notified San Jose police assault investigators.

On May 12, 2011, at approximately 11:50 PM, the victim succumbed to his injuries and died while hospitalized at Regional Medical Center.

With the victim’s passing, the case is now being investigated by the San Jose Police Department’s homicide unit.  Investigators have determined the victim and suspect were acquainted with one another.  The motive remains under investigation.

Homicide investigators will coordinate the transfer of the suspect to the Santa Clara County Jail once his medical condition permits, to face potential criminal charges.

This marks San Jose’s nineteenth homicide of the year.



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