San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

Jason Koplin and Violet Smyth Arrested for Alleged Murder of Zane Groves

Jason Koplin and Violet Smyth Arrested
Jason Koplin and Violet Smyth Arrested for Alleged Murder of Zane Groves

Jason Koplin and Violet Smyth Arrested for Alleged Murder of Zane Groves

San Jose, Calif. – On Monday, April 6, 2020, at about 7:34 PM, San Jose police officers responded to a welfare check of a person inside a vehicle in the 300 block of La Strada Drive in San Jose. Arriving officers located victim Zane Groves suffering from at least one stab wound. Victim Groves was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Follow-up investigation by homicide detectives led to the identification of suspects Jason Koplin and Violet Smyth. On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, members of the FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested Jason Koplin on a murder warrant and Violet Smyth on an accessory after the fact warrant. They were both arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada and booked into Clark County Detention Center where they await extradition to San Jose.

This is the City’s 9th homicide of 2020.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Ali Miri or Detective Gabriel Cuenca of the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283.

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