The police have arrested the suspect they are investigating for attacks in which three people were killed and three others injured in two San Francisco Bay Area towns.
According to Officer Steve Aponte of the San Jose Police Department, the attacks began just after 3 pm on Thursday, when a victim suffered life-threatening injuries in a carjacking.
A second attempted vehicle theft and stabbing took place at a San Jose shopping centre, Aponte reported. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries.
Aponte stated that the vehicle, which was stolen from a first San Jose shopping mall, struck a pedestrian who suffered non-life-threatening injury in the parking area of a second San Jose shopping centre. Later, it appeared the vehicle intentionally ran over two pedestrians, killing them.
Police in Milpitas, a neighboring city, responded around 4:30 pm to a stabbing that occurred in the parking lot of a shopping mall. Milpitas Police Lt. Tyler Jamison stated in a press release that the victim died in hospital.
Jamison stated that a man who was found in a neighborhood nearby had been arrested. The name of the man was not revealed.
During our investigation, we learned that San Jose Police Department is actively investigating two homicides. “Investigators believe that the crimes in San Jose and Milpitas could be connected to the same suspect,” Jamison stated.
Aponte stated that San Jose police was working to determine whether the Milpitas assailant matched their city’s attacker.
Aponte stated that “as of now, we are confident that there is not a threat to the public.”