An investigation into the crime spree began in late 2020 when the robberies and purse snatches started, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said.
The thefts all followed the same pattern: The suspects would follow Asian women into parking lots and wait until they were in their vehicles before either smashing the window or opening the door to steal their purses from the passenger seat, hanno detto i funzionari.
The suspects believed the women carried cash, hanno detto i pubblici ministeri.
“There are numerous incidents where victims were pulled or wrestled to the ground during the robberies,” hanno detto le autorità. “Some victims were injured.”
Two of the suspects, identified as Derje Blanks, 23, and Anthony Robinson, 24, used ethnic slurs during the robberies, il dipartimento di polizia di San Jose ha detto. They were arrested on Sept. 8. Prosecutors have added hate crime enhancements to the charges, ha detto la polizia.
When authorities attempted to take both men into custody, Blanks fled in his car and crashed into an unmarked police vehicle before fleeing on foot, hanno detto le autorità. Robinson then go into the vehicle and fled before running a red light and colliding with another car.
A 2-year-old child and her father were injured, ha detto la polizia.
A third suspect, Cameron Alonzo Moody, 27, was taken into custody last week. Two loaded firearms were recovered, including a ghost gun, hanno detto le autorità.
Robinson allegedly told police that the “age of the people he was taking things from did not matter as long as they were Asian,” KNTV-TV segnalato.
In security footage obtained by the news outlet, a suspect is seen stealing items from the passenger seat of vehicles and running off or getting into a waiting vehicle.
Fox News has reached out to the district attorney’s office and the San Jose Police Department.