San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

Violent Purse Snatch Caught on Camera, Alleged Suspect Pablo Cabrera Arrested

Violent Purse Snatch Caught on Camera, Alleged Suspect Pablo Cabrera Arrested

San Jose Police Department Press Release

Published on May 14, 2019

Pablo Cabrera Arrested

Pablo Cabrera Arrested

San Jose, Calif. — On Monday, May 6, 2019, at 12:01 AM, San Jose police officers responded to a purse snatch robbery in the 1500 block of Towers Lane in San Jose. The linked video shows the victim walking up a flight of stairs with her young daughter in hand. The suspect approached from behind and violently pulled the purse from the victim. The victim was dragged down the stairs along with her daughter.

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Robbery detectives conducted extensive follow-up investigation and canvassed the area for witnesses and evidence. They located video surveillance of the robbery, along with a potential suspect vehicle, described as a black Lexus 4-door, leaving the area. Using the suspect’s description, vehicle, and method of operation, detectives were able to link other purse snatch robberies and identified suspect Pablo Cabrera as the alleged suspect in the video. All of Cabrera’s victims were Asian females carrying expensive purses. Cabrera attacked victims from behind, grabbed their purse, and ran to his car.

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the San Jose Police Department’s Covert Response Unit apprehended Cabrera at his residence in San Jose. Detectives located additional evidence in Cabrera’s home, linking him to other robberies. Cabrera was on parole for burglary. He was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for robbery and parole violation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Daren Reinke of the San Jose Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (408) 277-4166.

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