Video shows man ripping jewelry from elderly woman’s wrist in San Jose – NBC Bay Area
Police are looking for a man who was filmed ripping jewelry from the wrist of a 72-year-old woman while walking in San José.
The crime reported on Monday is the latest in what police are calling a growing trend in street jewelry thefts.
“It was like she saw a ghost or something,” the woman’s son-in-law Suresh Parsuram said of the victim returning home after the attack.
The suspect stripped two of the victim’s bracelets in the 4900 block of Miramar Avenue, near Stevens Creek Boulevard and the Cupertino border, and ran to a nearby car and drove off.
Police said the woman suffered scratches, bruises and swelling on both wrists during the attack.
“She still has some swelling on her wrists when the bracelets were removed,” said the victim’s daughter, Arathi Parsuram.
San Jose Police Officer Steve Aponte said thefts involving bag snatch thefts, chain snatch thefts, jewelry theft are a growing trend in the city and a crime. opportunity.
“These are person-to-person crimes. These crooks specifically target violent arm crimes that specifically target people who are smaller, perhaps older and less able to fight,” said Aponte.
Police said investigators were able to obtain surveillance footage that captured the suspect committing the theft. He is described as a male in his late teens or early twenties, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a stocky or muscular build. The suspect also has short brown hair and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, light blue jeans and white and black sneakers, police said.
The suspect vehicle is a new dark-colored BMW sedan, police say.
The victim’s family said the woman no longer wore jewelry while walking and no longer walked alone.
“We think we live in a safe area,” said Arathi Parsuram. “We pay a lot of money to live in this neighborhood for schools. You just don’t think that can happen to a vulnerable population.”
The family add that it was important for the woman to keep her daily routine after the attack.
“If she stayed at home, it means he won,” said Arathi Parsuram. “So the next day she didn’t go out. But we encourage her to go with someone.”
Meanwhile, the police continue to investigate the crime and urge people to be on guard at all times, especially if they are alone.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Reinke # 4404 or Detective Santistevan # 4376 of the San José Police Department Flight Unit at (408) 277-4166.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can either call the Crime Stoppers whistleblower line, (408) 947-STOP (7867), or click on the “Submit a whistleblower” link below. Individuals providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.