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* Roland Ramirez and Franchesca Galope Alleged Carjacking Suspects Arrested After Pursuit in San Jose

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Two carjacking and robbery suspects who prompted a several-hours-long standoff with police at a vacant home in San Jose Friday morning were arrested after leading officers on a short pursuit today, police said.  Roland Ramirez, 39, and Franchesca Galope, 28, were wanted on suspicion of carjacking and robbery after Ramirez allegedly stole a gold Cadillac Escalade from the Calco gas station located at 6095 Cahalan Ave. around 9:50 p.m. Thursday, Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.

About an hour later, officers spotted the car near Bascom and Camden avenues and attempted to stop it, but the driver led police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph on state Highway 85, police said. In the interest of public safety, officers abandoned that pursuit, Dwyer said.  Around 3:55 a.m. Friday, police spotted a second stolen vehicle that Ramirez was believed to have been driving, a white Lexus SUV, parked in front of a vacant home in the 5600 block of Blossom Avenue.  The police department’s SWAT team was dispatched to the scene and multiple streets in the residential neighborhood were closed Friday morning as officers tried to coax the suspect from the home.

After searching the home, police determined that neither Ramirez nor Galope were inside. Today, at about 12:20 p.m., police on patrol spotted Ramirez driving the gold Cadillac in the area of the Guadalupe Freeway, or state Highway 87, and Curtner Avenue. As Ramirez led police on a short pursuit, he struck two civilian vehicles and a building before allegedly attempted to carjack a motorist at the intersection of Curtner and Lincoln avenues, police said. Officers prevented the carjacking, and Ramirez fled on foot before he was arrested.   Galope, who was a passenger in the Escalade, was also arrested.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact Detective Raul Corrales at (408) 277-4166.

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  • I think KN is stoned. Both are trash and they will rot in prison like they deserve too. He’s a good guy? He’s a piece of sh1t. It’s sad how stupid people stick up for each other and are not accountable for their own actions. Losers.

  • I hope those 2 rot in hell. Typical gang banger trash. The police should have shot them. No one would cry over them.

  • Jessica, I think if you are going to scold Lisa Hopper for being judgmental towards Franchesca and not knowing the facts, you should at least be honest about her and not judge Ro since you really don’t know him any more than Lisa knows Franchesca. I’m not going to say that Ro has always made the best choices in life. He is a very intelligent person and cares deeply for those close to him, despite growing up under very disadvantaged & challenging circumstances. It is public record that Franchesca has at least 12 different cases dating back as far as 2004, with 4 of those cases just months before even meeting Ro. She was not an innocent bystander by any means. She committed several crimes on her own that Ro wasn’t aware of until she was running to the car with stolen merchandise in hand and actively participated in others. I’m sure she is a nice girl and you raised her the best you could, but Ro never forced her to stay. She had plenty of opportunities to leave, but always chose to stay with him. Ro is not a Gang Banger any more than your daughter is and he doesn’t associate with any gang members, unlike your daughter who was seen at the home of people known to closely associate with active Northerners…I just wanted to set the record straight. I believe that both of them got caught up in circumstances that escalated far beyond what was intended and I know neither of them planned on things getting as chaotic as they did. I hope for successful rehabilitation and a better chance in life for both of them.

  • Lisa Hopper,I am the Mother of Franchesca, YOU! do not know nothing about my girl, and sure do not know how she was raised. She knew this A hole !only four months .She wanted nothing to do with him when she found out what he was allabout,but he was very violent towards her,she did try many times to leave the short relationship, but he threaten to hurt her ! and he kept his promise.she was in a very bad situation.You sound to me that you are a person that judges ,with out even knowing the truth.Your parents must be so proud of how they taught you how to be so judge mental towards others, with out simply knowing the TRUTH ! So in the future if you decide to make another comment ,I would highly recommend that you know the facts before making a comment such as yours,towards me.Oh Ya,by the way,my daughter is not a “GANG BANGER ” And that i do know for a FACT! And Roland is GARBAGE,and he is off our streets, and i thank God every night for that.

  • ^%$ you lisa you dont even know my friend franny, she is sooooo respectful and sweet. Just got a letter from her and she was in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend and she was simply there whenever things happened, maybe he wouldnt let her leave. Now the least amount of time they offered is 11yrs. 8mo. with 3 strikes, she doesnt deserve this for being scared of her boyfriend, i love my friends and i pray for a lighter sentence.

  • Lisa Hopper thats very disrespectful calling another person garbage without knowing them shame on you

  • Anyone who knows Ro knows that he is a good man. Always very respectful and well mannered. I believe he was dealt a bad hand and has made some poor choices in life as we all have. I believe with the right rehabilitation and help Ro can be a great leader and productive member of society.

  • Also, our police dept. did a quick and swift job on stopping Roland from continuing further crimes…THANK YOU! So….
    when residences of San Jose and our so called mayor want to cut their pay again….. perhaps we should all ask ourselves if we would have wanted to be the person to stop this man. I KNOW THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE WANTED TOO! THANK YOU SAN JOSE POLICE FOR A FINE JOB YOU DO TODAY!

  • I know the girl “FRANCHESCA” and she is a very nice person. She is very soft spoken and sweet. I am sure that she had no choices in these situations that occurred. I feel sorry for her.

  • Their parents must be sooo proud of the gang banger/thief/menance to society they created!

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