The San Jose Police Department has arrested four suspects, Tyler Richard, Rudolf Green, Jerrell Galloway and Lawrence Carter on multiple counts of alleged robbery.
Detectives are continuing the investigation to identify additional suspects.
Over the last year, the Bay-Area has seen a dramatic increase in Chain-Snatch robberies. The suspects targeted women of all ages, often of South-Asian descent. The victims were conducting everyday activities such as shopping or taking walks when a male would approach and rip gold jewelry from their necks.
Some were purportedly stalked prior to the encounter.
In cases where victims fought back, the assailants punched them or threatened them with a gun. The attackers would typically then get into a waiting vehicle to escape.
A firearm was brandished in several of the incidents. After the robbery, the suspect would flee in a waiting vehicle. (story continued below video)
These robberies not only caused the victims shock and lingering fear due to the violent attack; but the victims oftentimes lost property of significant cultural, religious, and personal value. The manner in which this jewelry was later disposed of created an inability to ever recover the property and reunite it with the victim.
San Jose Police Robbery Detectives partnered with the Sunnyvale DPS, Santa Clara Police Department, and the Milpitas Police Department who were experiencing robberies with similar methods of operation. Detectives conducted an exhaustive investigation and learned the suspects oftentimes stalked the victim before the attack. With the cooperation of witnesses and examination videos from businesses, Detectives identified the four suspects listed above as taking part.
Several search warrants were executed which garnered evidence of these suspects being responsible for numerous robberies. However; the Robbery Unit knows there are other robberies that have occurred but have gone unreported. We are seeking the public’s help in locating victims. In addition, we are looking for the owner of this particular piece of jewelry. We believe it was stolen in East San Jose sometime in late November.
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