SAN JOSE -- The man accused of driving into an East San Jose Walmart on Easter Sunday and attacking patrons delayed entering a plea Wednesday as prosecutors sought to combine the case with an earlier instance where he allegedly crashed into a gas station.
Haamid Ade Zaid, 33, of San Jose, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of felony vandalism, three counts of misdemeanor hit and run and one count of reckless driving. He is being held without bail in Santa Clara County jail.
Zaid was seen driving fast in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter on Story Road, hitting two cars before plowing through the front of the store, according to police and witnesses. He reportedly got out, picked up what some described as a metal bar, and started swinging it at people, knocking an employee unconscious and injuring three shoppers before he onlookers tackled him.
Prosecutors have filed a motion to consolidate the Walmart case with a Dec. 16 incident where Zaid allegedly ran a red light and got into a traffic collision, kept driving and crashed into a Chevron minimart on the Capitol Auto Mall. One of the latest assault with a deadly weapon charges is tied to that case.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.