The San Jose Police Department said they have successfully apprehended three men who are believed to be tied to at least four armed robberies. All of the robberies have been violent, they said, and one involved a home invasion of an elderly couple. That couple was bound and kidnapped at the time the incident took place.
The men in question are James Palmerson, Ezra Santana and Miguel Narez. Palmerson and Marez were arrested by the SJPD whereas Santana was apprehended by the Gilroy PD approximately 24 hours later.
Officers said the crime spree began on Jan. 19. A 911 call was placed just before midnight from a man who said he had been jumped by three men in their late teens. One of those men reportedly pulled out a knife during the attack. The victim had items stolen off his person. He was also stabbed during the incident and was transported to a local hospital to be treated for non live-threatening injuries.
Police say the trio struck again just thirty minutes later. At that time one of the suspects pulled a gun on a food vendor. Another struck the man with an unknown object. He reported having an unspecified amount of money stolen from his cash register. The third incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. The suspects entered a closing business, attacked an employee with a blunt object and stole cash from the store and the victims.
Defendants Palmerson, Santana and Narez are being held at the San Jose Jail pending arraignment. Bail information was not immediately available but it is believed the three are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each. It is unclear whether any of the individuals have ties to local street gangs.