SAN JOSE—The San Jose Police Department are currently searching for a suspect who stole a handicapped man’s cell phone in September.
The SJPD indicated in a press release from Sergeant Enrique Garcia a video and description of the incident, which occurred on September 5 just after 5:00 p.m. on the 2600 block of Tuers Road. In the video, the suspect is seen riding his red mountain bike down Tuers Street. He struck a handicapped man from behind, knocking him over.
The suspect, appearing to have hit the man unintentionally, proceeded to help him stand back up. The victim was not able to communicate verbally, so he pulled out his mobile phone to communicate with the suspect, who snatched the phone.
The two men began to scuffle after the victim begged the suspect to return his phone. The suspect pulled a handgun out of his pocket and kicked the victim, knocking him to the ground again, before fleeing the scene on his bike.
“For someone to take advantage of an individual that is disabled takes it to another level,” said Sgt. Garcia to the Mercury News. “If the suspect is willing to do this to a person with a disability, what is he capable of doing to others?”
Authorities have not disclosed the name of the victim. Garcia shared that the suspect is an African-American male between the ages of 16 and 25 with a thin build. He was seen wearing a dark colored beanie, shirt, and shoes, as well as grey sweatpants.
Those who have information pertaining to the suspect can potentially qualify for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.
The SJPD is requesting that the public report any findings to Detective George Constantin of the SJPD’s Robbery Unit (408) 277-4166.