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* Bryan Chavez, Jonathan Nathaniel Garcia and Jose Luis Lemus Arrested for Alleged Bank Robbery in San Jose

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San Jose Police Press Release 2/15/12

The San Jose Police Department, with the assistance of the Salinas Police Department, has taken three bank robbery suspects into custody.  Both bank robberies occurred in San Jose this week.  The suspects have been booked into the Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose.

The first robbery occurred Monday, February 13th, at approximately 1:57 P.M., at the Union Bank, located at 1700 The Alameda.  In that case, two masked suspects entered the bank, while a third waited in a nearby vehicle.  The suspects, armed with handguns, conducted a takeover-style robbery and eventually fled with several hundred dollars in cash.

The second robbery occurred Tuesday, February 14th, at approximately 1:26 P.M., at the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 6990 Santa Teresa Boulevard.  In that case, the same masked suspects entered the bank with handguns and, again, conducted a takeover-style robbery.  The suspects fled the scene on foot with over $7,000.00 cash.  Michael Nasser, a former San Jose police officer, was nearby and observed the suspects fleeing the bank.  Nasser obtained a license plate number on the suspects’ vehicle and immediately reported it. (Officer Michael Nasser is in the process of being reinstated to the San Jose Police Department, after voluntarily leaving for another law enforcement agency in anticipation of being laid off.  His reinstatement to the San Jose Police Department will take effect February 19th, 2012).  The vehicle was registered to an address on the 0-100 block of Homestead Avenue in Salinas.  San Jose Police robbery detectives responded to the robbery scene while also coordinating with the Salinas Police Department.

Shortly thereafter, Salinas police officers located the suspect vehicle at the Homestead Avenue address in Salinas and conducted a high-risk car stop.  Salinas police officers arrested all three suspects from the vehicle and notified the San Jose police robbery detectives.
San Jose Police robbery detectives responded to Salinas and took custody of the three suspects.  After obtaining a search warrant, San Jose Police robbery detectives located evidence inside the suspects’ vehicle, implicating the suspects in the robbery.
After completing their investigation at the Salinas address, San Jose Police robbery detectives returned to San Jose with the three suspects, where they were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose on suspicion of armed robbery.
There were no injuries as a result of either robbery. Detectives are exploring the possibility that the suspects have been involved in additional robberies; however, no additional robberies involving these suspects are known of at this time.

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