The San Jose Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects in a recent home invasion robbery in East San Jose.
According to authorities, the incident occurred just before 2 a.m. February 1 when the mother and daughter victims were home alone. The 74-year-old mother heard someone breaking into her daughter’s car that was parked outside and yelled at the suspect to stop. The suspect then entered the home through a front window and repeatedly punched the elderly victim in the face. The victims managed to flee the scene on foot.
Police say the suspect and a second man chased the women down the street. The first suspect caught up with the mother and assaulted her a second time. She fled again and was assaulted again, during which time the suspect placed a gun to her neck and threatened to kill her. The daughter managed to make it safely to a neighbor’s house and called 911.
In the meantime, officials say, the suspects returned to the victims’ residence and ransacked it, taking multiple pieces of property before fleeing on foot prior to police arrival.
The beating victim was transported to a local hospital via ambulance, where she was treated for a broken nose, multiple abrasions, two black eyes, and scrapes to both arms. The 43-year-old daughter was uninjured and the suspects remain at large.
Police on Monday released a sketch of the first suspect and hope someone will be able to identify him. Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Brian Meeker of the San Jose Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (408) 277-4166. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Silicon Valley Crimestoppers at (408) 947-7867.