SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Rowdy Cinco de Mayo celebrations in San Jose Thursday night and early this morning led to a couple of violent incidents, several arrests, and damage to a building in the city, a police spokesman said today.

San Jose annually hosts what is believed to be the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in Northern California, an event whose large crowds often are accompanied by violence and other crimes, police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.

At about 9 p.m., someone walked into Regional Medical Center of San Jose with multiple stab wounds, Dwyer said.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The victim, whose injuries are not considered life-threatening, was stabbed near the intersection of Story and King roads, according to Dwyer.

Shortly after 10 p.m., a carjacking was also reported at the intersection of Story and King roads. Several suspects confronted a victim and took his car, Dwyer said.

The suspects drove the car a short distance away and parked it, where officers were able to find it and return it to its owner, he said.

No arrests or suspect information were immediately available in connection with either case, Dwyer said.

Around midnight, many officers responded again to King and Story roads for crowd control after about 300 people gathered near the intersection.

The crowd “basically rushed the officers,” who had to use pepper spray to fend them off, Dwyer said.

One officer was treated for a complaint of pain to his chest after his motorcycle was knocked over, according to Dwyer.

The crowd dispersed quickly before the officers were able to apprehend anyone, he said.

Damage was also reported in the form of broken windows at a businesses in the 1000 block of East Santa Clara Street, Dwyer said. No one was arrested for the vandalism, he said.

Donald Weaver watched Friday morning as workers fixed broken windows and boarded up the storefront of his tax service business this morning to prevent it from being vandalized again this weekend by rowdy Cinco de Mayo crowds.

His business, Weaver Tax Service, at1530 Alum Rock Ave., was one of many that were vandalized Thursday night and early Friday morning.

“They busted out all my front windows,” the 82-year-old Weaver said. “I wish it hadn’t happened, but they didn’t single me out, I’m sure of that. I think it was a convenient target. They were probably drunk.”

Weaver, who has run the business for more than 50 years, said several other stores nearby were damaged also, including Drako Boutique and El Gallo Junior Restaurant.

Glenda Stewart, an officer manager at the tax business, said she was shocked by the vandalism when she came to work Friday morning.

“I saw the windows were all boarded up,” Stewart said. “I drove up and parked on the street because there was too much glass everywhere.”

Seven people in all were arrested for various offenses during the celebrations.

Five people were arrested for misdemeanor offenses such as disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, possession of a switchblade, and having an outstanding warrant. Two were arrested for felony offenses, one for possession of narcotics for sale and the other for possession of an illegal weapon, he said.

Four of the people arrested were from San Jose, while the other three were from out of town, Dwyer said.

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Comments (56)
  1. Hapa_Man says:

    So, what else is new? Yawn….

  2. Donna Gasilan says:

    Of course this would happen bunch of low life punks

  3. Yep says:

    Same riots that occur during St. Patrick’s Day and Columbus Day parades. Oh wait. Waving Mexican flags by vandalizing punks who have no interest in living in Mexico, while also having no interest in fellow U.S. citizens. Good times.

    1. Lowlife says:

      Those names are probably Garcia, or Martinez

      1. coach says:

        Sure are a lot of racists commenting!

    2. jen says:

      coach- So you think Mexican is a race? What race exactly do you think they are? Is American a race? How about German? Or maybe you think that Hispanic is a race and the special gene they have is a spanish speaking gene, a gene caucasian, asian, and blacks don’t have. I don’t want to call you stupid, so I’ll just say you are uneducated when you call people racists.

      1. sj says:

        i think you attempted to sound intelligent but failed. i understand there is only one race and that is the human race, but the reality is… is that people feel more comfortable categorizing people by culture and/or skin color. therefore, people create races such as hispanic/latino, asian, african american, and caucasian to help differentiate people. hatred exists… and one form of it is racism.

      2. denalus says:

        So why are the Mexican “take back California for Mexico” groups called “La Raza”? and raza in spanish means , what, o RACE

    3. tonyj says:

      Waving the Irish flag on St. Patrick’s Day dumb ass.

  4. JMc says:

    so this happens on cinco de mayo, but not the 4th of july…what does this say about the low-life assailants???

    1. tonyj says:

      Arsonist setting schools on fire is common on 4th of July or there abouts, but you don’t consider arsonist low-lifes?

  5. David says:

    The National Holiday’s invented by the Beer Companies gone wrong. St. Patty’s Day and Cinco De Mayo. Funny but Mexico and Ireland don’t celebrate these days it’s a US thing.

    1. Sundance says:

      Sorry David, but St patty’s day is celebrated in Ireland. It’s to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

      1. JoMama says:

        Sundance is correct, the Irish have been celebrating St. Patrick’s day for 400 years.

      2. David says:

        I stand corrected. And I can live with it.

  6. haha says:

    Wow i’m impressed how ignorant some of the people posting are. This happens in almost any type of celebration not just Cinco De Mayo. In any celebration you get crowds of drunk people it doesn’t matter what holiday it is. Celebration = Alcohol = Drunk People = Stupid Crimes. Be a little smarter before you post ad make yourself look ill-informed it’s common sense that crimes happen in any holiday with large amounts of crowds.

    1. Yep says:

      Really? Stabbings, mobs attacking police officers, and broken windows happen at every celebration? Let us know when a St. Patrick’s Day or Columbus Day riot occurs? We’re the ignorant ones? Wake up. It’s reality.

      1. Yep says:

        Google St. Patrick’s Day Riot in Albany for March 2011. There should be news and Youtube footage.
        (link, if this thing allows it: )

    2. Dork Dork says:

      Stupid! Every celebration? City should just ban the cinco de mayo celebration. Ppl like them don’t deserve to celebrate on the stree. Stay at home and celebrate your cinco de mayo at home with friends and family. Stay away from the street and away from public if the’yre being stupid and drunk. Celebrate safe and peacefully.

  7. jon says:

    But the comments are completely 100% right, there are never any violent incidents during July 4th or St. Patrick Day, but May 5 ALWAYS ends like this in San Jose

    1. Yep says:

      Yep, I always see mobs of Irishmen waving Ireland flags and stabbing people and breaking windows on St. Patricks Day. And on Columbus Day 300 Italians always riot and attack the police. (sarcasm). Keep making excuses for 3rd world behavior so just be prepared to live amongst violence at “every celebration”.

      1. yepp says:

        well said!

  8. Maxi M says:

    Why do they bother having a lame festival for a holiday that is not even about AMERICA!! These people just can’t have a celebration without violance.

  9. Chelez says:

    Perhaps it’s a recreation as to what happend on the 5th of May in Mexico….?
    That had a purpose…or did it??!!

  10. Brad says:

    LOL the typical let me waive my beloved Mexican flag because I am MEXICAN…but i dont want to live there. Loser of a ethnicity these flag waivers.

  11. TiredOfThis says:

    Would someone please remove 5th of May as a holiday off the calender, i am tired of this mess every year that these low life people make of it.

  12. Roy West says:

    Yes, the Irish do have celebrations that get out of hand however the car jacking is not their fortay

  13. Roy West says:

    It is always sad to hear when one of the readers suggest that other people do it so it is ok if everyone else acts like animals. Basic Math: Two wrongs never make a right-moron.

  14. Rose says:

    IT MAKES GOOD NEWS! What happens is this: The news hypes up the coverage of all events that are out there be it Fourth of July, St.Patrick’s Day ,Cinco de Mayo or a major disaster. I agree with the formula for trouble as described earlier. It seems the news people focus on people of color… if this had been an incident that involved a majorly caucasian dispute .. it would have been picked up delivered in a different light with the news focus on how well the incident was handled considering all the people who attended or how relatively small amount of people were arrested or injured. Instead news hypes the stereotypes and gives the public what they EXPECT to hear . The news strengthens the stereotypes and sends a message that Mexican Americans,Latinos,Chicanos get drunk ,fight and commit violent crimes .Mexicans should be feared in numbers because they Steal you blind and stab
    you… right. This is much better news than saying it was a quiet night with relatively few problems to celebrate a culture that is San Jose.

    1. al says:

      I dont know. Its the same type of people and behavior that shows up to downtown SJ for Mardi Gras.

      1. Sam Mallory says:

        “It seems the news people focus on people of color” or possibly it is mostly colored people causing the problems….you are aive and clearly blind because the video shows its hispanic punks 20-30 years old. Been going to

      2. sj says:

        @sam i think caucasian people are the craziest people in the world. mass murderers, racists… the only thing is that they are good at persuading people that what they do is for the good of mankind.

      3. Gomez says:

        They should all just stay home, get sloppy drunk, & play with their guns! Darwinism.

  15. al says:

    SJ PD should barricade the streets that flow into downtown and turn away anyone trying to come in. Or arrest the trash that probably already have records. Cinco de Mayo is not a holiday celebrated in Mexico nor is it an American holiday.

    1. willowglengal says:

      This did not occur in downtown San Jose, as anyone who knows the town would be aware from the address. It happened on the East Side in a relatively low income area that has a predominantly Mexican American population. You might even call it a barrio, but coming from you, Al, that would probably sound racist.

  16. al says:

    the new name for it is Cinco de Trash

  17. Yep says:

    What would happen in Mexico if mobs of Americans waved U.S. flags in the streets, vandalized businesses, stabbed people, and attacked the police. Would Mexico’s government and citizens just accept it?

    1. Go figure... says:

      “…vandalized businesses, stabbed people, and attacked the police…” MS-13 and others already do that in Mexico and the majority already accept it or die.

  18. DUTR says:

    Mexican or Messycan ?

  19. Ruehls says:

    Well would anyone in the media do anything to clear up that Cinco de Mayo is nothing worthy of this wild celebration. Mexico won a battle agains the French but months later lost the war. IT IS NOT Mexican independence day! I believe its more of an american phenomenon since no such riots happen in any national holidays in Mexico. I guess the only upside to Cinco de Mayo in American is the beer specials.

  20. Ken says:

    For those who were on the streets, vandalizing stores, etc… Cinco de Mayo is once -a-year opportunity to prove to the world how uncivilized they are.

  21. Daniel Burns says:

    What is Cincio de mayo? It is a holiday for drinking only. There is no connection to that holiday and our country. Do you see folks getting out of hand at Octoberfest?

  22. john smith says:

    When ain’t it violent with mexicans. You can get ran over for eating a sandwich.

  23. kb says:

    That’s why I don’t go out on those kind of nights. Dudes fighting over a pool game, Chicks fighting over guys, stupid.

  24. SAM says:


  25. r says:

    i wonder if it’d be the same if they all were just smoking weed instead of getting wasted?

  26. Meesa says:

    It was not the whole mex race that committed those crimes dont stereotype california was once mexico we do have solid history here the event should be restricted. DONT BE 2 ALARMED I AM MEXICAN but i do think some people messed things up for us family oriented people

    1. I was born in East South Bay says:

      Swear to have fun loyal to non. ‘We win!! hehehehehe…

    2. t says:

      Mexican is not a race, it’s a nationality.

  27. zorch says:

    Rowdy is the editorial choice of words? Sounds like Riot to me.

  28. Luanna says:

    San Jose and most of the areas nearby are filled with gangs and violence. This city has seen better days and now is beginning to look like Tijuana. No one seems to worry about the decline of San Jose – I think people are leaving and just fed up.

  29. Be quiet says:

    You are all so quick to judge. You must be too perfect and are always on your best behavior. You are free to speak your mind but have no right to try to take our Cinco De Mayo away. A good 80% of San Jose are Mexican and do all the work you people are too good to do. I think the police officers did a good job keeping it in control and it wasn’t that bad compared to 1,000 chicanos & mexicans against 100 cops!

  30. Catherine says:

    I live in San Jose and often I see the mexican flag flying on a home. I was born in China and would never think of flying a Chinese flag on my home. I am very proud to be Chinese-American but I find it both offenseive and disrespectful to fly a flag other than the American flag on a home in America. Call me racist, but if you fly any flag other than American on your home, go back to wher you came from! (if they’ll take you back)

  31. Scott says:

    Cinco De Mayo, a date that lives infamy… In San Jose that is…

    I bet the gang-bangers and thugs who broke windows and fought with knives don’t even know the origins of Cinco De Mayo!

  32. Drako Botanica says:

    We were one of the stores that was attacked. Follow us on twitter.!/DrakoBoutique

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