General Crime

* Joseph Cotta murdered in San Jose on Cleveland Avenue allegedly by Jonathan Alexander Bess and Brian James Bess

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UPDATE May 10, 2012 suspects have been arrested and are currently in custody. Salt Lake City (Utah) officers located and arrested the suspects in the late afternoon on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012. San Jose Police Homicide Detectives responded to Salt Lake City to interview the suspects. The suspects will be returned to California pursuant to an extradition process.

On 4/27/2012, at approximately 1:46 AM, San Jose police were called to the 200 block of Cleveland Avenue on a reported stabbing.  When officers arrived, they found the victim outside a residence suffering from multiple stab wounds.  The victim was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

Officers at the scene conducting the investigation were met by a cooperative reporting party.  However, during their investigation, a second resident of the house where the victim was found became uncooperative and locked himself in the residence.

Investigating officers had developed information leading them to believe there were firearms in the house and decided to retreat.  Because of the possibility of firearms in the house, the San Jose Police Mobile Emergency Response Group and Equipment (MERGE) Unit, otherwise known as SWAT, was dispatched to the scene.

Officers attempted to establish communication with the subject holed up in the house for several hours.  At around 11:00 AM, the subject voluntarily exited the house and surrendered to police.  There were additional subjects in the house who exited voluntarily.  The subject and additional persons were detained, questioned at the San Jose Police Department, and released.

Investigators suspect siblings Jonathan Alexander Bess and Brian James Bess in the homicide.  The investigation revealed Jonathan and Brian fled the scene before officers arrived.  They remain at large and their whereabouts are unknown.  They are wanted on suspicion of murder.

This marks San Jose’s 11th homicide of the year.

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