Witnesses who reported an incident yesterday afternoon aided in the arrest of three Milpitas suspects who fled with a stolen purse by car.
Around 5:40 p.m., two men got out of a car while at a stop light and approached the occupants of another vehicle. They punched a 21-year-old Milpitas man several times at one point revealed a knife. During the confrontation, someone reached in the vehicle and took a purse belonging to a 19-year-old woman from Milpitas.
The suspects are Angel Hernandez, 23, Sean Munshower 20, and Stephanie Magana, 19, all residents of Milpitas. Magana is reported to have driven the getaway car, a 2004 Silver Mitsubishi Lancer, that fled onto I-680 south.
While police were on the scene two minutes after being dispatched, information from one witness in particular led to the arrest of the three suspects after they exited on Capitol Expressway in San Jose.
“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,” said Chief Dennis Graham of the Milpitas Police Department.
“This type of thuggery has no place in a decent society, and I feel truly blessed that we consistently have good people providing us valuable information in these cases," he said. "Here, the witnesses and our police department working together made a tremendous difference for the good of our community.”
Hernandez and Munshower are currently in custody at the Santa Clara Main Jail South. Magana is at Women's Jail at Elmwood. All three are scheduled to make a court appearance on July 22.