Police Deem High-Risk Traffic Stop Arrest As Case Of The Month
(by Melissa Hartman) – The Santa Clara Police Department announced today that a suspect is in custody at the county jail after they prevented a potentially fatal incident against his former significant other.
The victim, who shared a child with the suspect, contacted the Police Department in February to report increasingly violent acts, which included alleged breaking and entering, assault, brandishing and kidnapping, according to the police.
Detectives learned through their investigation that the suspect is prohibited from possessing a firearm, but he was the registered owner of a .357 caliber handgun, police said.
Due to the existing circumstances and evidence, police detectives authored an arrest and search warrant on the man and his fifth wheel travel trailer, according to police. A judge supported both actions and set the bail at $400,000.
Detectives located the man coming and going from an RV on Pala Avenue in San Jose. During their surveillance, officers noticed the suspect getting into his vehicle and traveling in the direction of the victim’s residence in Santa Clara, police said.
A high-risk car stop was launched in the area of Lewis and Main streets. Both undercover detectives and uniformed police officers aided the effort, police said.
The man was taken into custody without incident, according to police. A search of his backpack, which was located inside the vehicle, allegedly revealed two 9mm handguns, multiple loaded high-capacity magazines which included a loaded 50-round drum magazine, a lock pick set, two knives, a black holster, black gloves and drug paraphernalia.
Police also searched the RV, which allegedly yielded one unloaded 9mm handgun, one unloaded bolt action World War II era rifle, one loaded 12 gauge shotgun, one loaded sawed off 12 gauge shotgun, one loaded .357 revolver handgun, one loaded .22 bolt action rifle, one loaded Mossberg shotgun, one loaded bolt action 30-06 caliber rifle, one loaded .410/.22LR caliber shotgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a rifle case, a tactical vest, a police baton, a spotting scope and drug paraphernalia.
The victim was issued an emergency protective restraining order and domestic violence resources.
Santa Clara police are urging anyone who is in an abusive situation or knows someone who is to call the Police Department at (408) 615-5580. Individuals in immediate danger should call or text 911, which is a service available for those in a dangerous situation or those who are deaf/hard of hearing/have a speech disability.
No further details about the exact date of the arrest or suspect information was immediately available.