Two parolees found in possession of stolen vehicles, a loaded handgun and burglary tools have been arrested, a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said today. Detectives from the Santa Clara County Regional Auto-Theft Task Force spotted a stolen Honda Accord driven by a female driver at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sgt. Rick Sung said.
The woman, identified as Tanya Marin, 22, of San Jose, was seen driving to the area of Havana Drive and Midfield Avenue, where she parked the Honda and entered another stolen vehicle, a Toyota pickup, occupied by Humberto Soria, 23, of San Jose, Sung said.
Detectives attempted to stop Marin and Soria while the Toyota was still parked, but Soria allegedly tried to escape by reversing at high speed. The pickup crashed into an unoccupied parked car, causing moderate damage to the passenger side of that vehicle. Soria and Marin were arrested at the scene, and detectives found a loaded handgun and burglary tools in the pickup.
Sung described Marin as a known gang member and said he was on parole for drug charges. Marin was on parole for weapons charges. Both are being held without bail. The two vehicles were stolen in separate incidents in San Jose, and the gun was reported stolen in a residential burglary in Santa Clara.
Detectives are investigating whether the two suspects are connected to other crimes, Sung said. Sung said called combination of parolees armed with a loaded weapon in a stolen vehicle potentially “deadly.” “We strongly believe we have prevented another serious violent felony in our county,” Sung said. “Somebody could have been hurt.”
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