Violent Crime

* San Jose Police Investigating Two Monday Murders

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Police are continuing to investigate a string of violent crimes in San Jose on Monday, including a fatal shooting and a deadly attack in which a homeless woman may have been killed with a Samurai-type sword. The woman was found on a sidewalk near the corner of West San Carlos Street and Meridian Avenue shortly after 6:31 p.m., police said. She had been stabbed at least once, and died at the scene.

The weapon, which Officer Jose Garcia said looked similar to a Samurai sword, was found next to the woman. Police are still determining whether the sword was used in the murder. The suspect in the stabbing, a 37-year-old San Jose man, fled the scene on foot afterward but was apprehended in the 2000 block of Beatrice Court, almost two miles away, by officers with canines. The suspect was booked into jail for homicide. Police have not released his name.

Police said they have not yet determined the motive for the stabbing. In another deadly incident on Monday, 38-year-old Martin Chacon was found fatally shot in a parked Chevrolet Impala on Charles Street just west of Oakland Road around 1:40 p.m., police said. A separate shooting occurred in the 2300 block of Denair Avenue just after 4 p.m., police said. Garcia said today there is no indication that any of the three crimes are related. The fatal shooting and stabbing marked San Jose’s 25th and 26th homicides of 2012.

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