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A San Jose man is charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon after he ran the victim over with a vehicle. According to the Mercury News, the man stole the victim's purse and tried to make off in a car. The victim attempted to retrieve her property and reached into the passenger side window and was subsequently dragged for 300 feet. The defendant then allegedly backed up over the woman.

Felony robbery is a serious crime and strike offense. This defendant will be charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Other likely charges may include felony aggravated battery and attempted murder if the man intentionally ran over the woman with the car.


Recently, burglaries have been prevalent in the residential areas of San Jose. Last week, a San Jose teenager was been arrested after he was caught on a home surveillance video. The home surveillance video caught the teenager attacking the residents, including two women protecting a baby.

Burglary is a crime on the rise in some parts of San Jose. Particularly hard hit have been the Almaden Valley and Evergreen neighborhoods as police are stretched thin and being replaced by Community Service Officers or CSOs. Some burglars have become more brazen, entering homes at night they know are occupied.

In this case the Mercury News reports that the suspects broke into an Evergreen home and searched the home up and down. Two residents were at home and locked themselves in a bedroom. They had a young baby with them. The Mercury further reports that the suspects (one a teenager) attempted to break into the room, armed with knives. They were able to punch a hole in the door and made threats to injure the residents. They also disconnected the landline telephone to the home.


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A burglary suspect has been arrested by San Jose police and is being held without bail in the Santa Clara County Jail. 19-year old Jacob Breschi is alleged to have burglarized thirteen to twenty homes, particularly in south San Jose and the Evergreen neighborhoods. According to the Mercury News, Evergreen has seen a dramatic increase in home invasions in the last year or so.

Burglary of a home residence is a felony and a strike offense. (See Penal Code section 459). First degree burglary is the entering of an inhabited dwelling (a house, apartment, trailer coach, houseboat etc) with the intent to commit a felony. The entering element of this crime may be satisfied if some part of the suspect enters the dwelling, even if minor and only into the outer boundary of the home. A theft need not be intended; rather the intent to commit any felony amounts to the completion of the crime.

A violation of one count of Penal Code section 459 as a first offense carriers a state prison term range of two, four or six years.


The theft and file sharing of people's private pictures is reportedly a wide spread game among officers of the California Highway Patrol. CHP Officer Sean Harrington has been recently accused of accessing a woman's cell phone and sending her personal and intimate photos from her phone to his own. The file transfer was done while the woman was in custody on suspicion of driving under the influence or DUI.

The theft, however, appears to be a practice among CHP officers, who routinely steal people's private photos and videos and send them to each other. Harrington has admitted that CHP officers confiscate cell phones of women they arrest, search for nude phots and then share the photos among fellow officers. Harrington and his fellow officers have called this practice “a game.”

An investigation into Harrington's phone suggests that this is not the first time he engaged in such criminal conduct. In a separate incident Harrington sent photos of a woman to CHP Officer Hazelwood, while the woman was being x-rayed after a vehicle crash. He followed up with a message to Hazelwood: “Enjoy buddy.”


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A Southbay robbery spree ended recently with the arrests of three suspects in San Jose. The men are suspected in the bank robberies on four separate occasions in San Jose, Campbell and Gilroy and are believed to be members of a criminal street gang based in Salinas, California.

Robbery in general is defined as the taking of the personal property of another, from his person or in his immediate presence, against his will and done by use of force or fear. (California Penal Code section 211). Robberies that are done in concert of two or more people carriers a state prison term range of three, six or nine years.

Bank robbery is and can be a federal offense under 18 USC section 2113. Holding up a bank by means of force or the threat of force may be punishable to a term in federal prison for up to twenty years. The Feds are unforgiving when it comes to violent crimes and present much heavier sentences to criminal defendants.

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