SAN JOSE -- Police are hoping that surveillance images and a video released Tuesday might jog the memory of someone familiar with a group of robbers who committed seven armed holdups -- including a violent carjacking -- during the course of a single night last fall.
The alleged Oct. 27 crime spree spanned the city and began around 3 a.m. when at least three men carjacked and pistol-whipped a motorist in 2400 block of Fontaine Road near Tully Road and Highway 101, according to San Jose police, who released the images hoping to generate new leads in the case.
The group of robbers quickly used the commandeered vehicle to rob someone at Capitol Expressway and King Road, and over the next two hours proceeded to rob five more people on Story Road, North 17th Street, South 11th Street, North 13th Street, and Monterey Road.
In each instance, police said, the robbers pistol-whipped their victims.
Police said a black Cadillac Escalade and a dark-colored, four-door car resembling a Honda or Toyota have also been linked to the suspects.
Surveillance images and video from one of the robberies shows one suspect described by police as a Latino man in his early to mid-20s, between 5 foot 8 inches and 5 foot 10 inches, between 175 pounds and 190 pounds, with short black hair, a goatee and wearing a black zip-up jacket with red sleeves.
Police say the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the case can contact San Jose robbery detectives at 408-277-4166 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or with svcrimestoppers.org.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.