July 22, 2011 > Armed Robbery suspects apprehended
Armed Robbery suspects apprehended
Submitted By Sergeant R. Gordon, Milpitas PD
At approximately 5:40 p.m., Milpitas Police Officers responded to a reported fight in the intersection of E. Calaveras Boulevard and Park Victoria Drive. Officers arrived on scene within two minutes of being dispatched to the call and were updated that a vehicle involved had just fled southbound on Highway 680. Alert witnesses phoned the Milpitas Police Department to provide the suspects' location and information of a robbery. A witness helped officers locate the vehicle as it fled southbound on Highway 680 and exited onto Capitol Avenue in San Jose.
Officers were able to get the driver to stop the vehicle and all occupants were held at gunpoint until they could safely be taken into custody. It was learned that all three suspects stopped next to the victim's vehicle at a red light. The two males, identified as Hernandez and Munshower, exited their car, approached the victim's vehicle, punched the male victim numerous times and reached into the car to steal the female victim's purse.
During the robbery, Hernandez brandished a knife as he and Munshower began to surround the victim. The victim backed away from the suspects and the suspects entered their car. Magana drove the suspects away from the scene making several evasive maneuvers, including driving over islands separating traffic lanes, to get away from a witness who was following them.
"This was an outstanding act of citizenship by the witnesses in this case, combined with a quick and effective response from our officers and dispatchers," Chief Dennis Graham commented. "This type of thuggery has no place in a decent society, and I feel truly blessed that we consistently have good people providing valuable information in these cases. Here, the witnesses and our police department, working together, made a tremendous difference for the good of our community."
Hernandez, Munshower and Magana were all booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for robbery. Angel Hernandez was also on booked for an outstanding warrant.
We would like to encourage all citizens to phone the Milpitas Police Department when witnessing suspicious or criminal activity. The witnesses involved in this case provided a significant amount of information that led to the capture of all involved suspects.
Anyone with any information regarding this investigation or other similar incidents is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Milpitas Police Department Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500, or via the Milpitas Police Department website at: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/police/crime_tip.asp