$20K Reward For 2nd Suspect In Deadly San Jose Crime Spree, Shootout
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The San Jose Police Officers Association offered a $10,000 reward Sunday for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a crime spree that resulted in the murder of a San Jose man and the shooting of an officer. On Monday, the Mayor’s Office matched that reward.
One suspect, San Jose resident Jonathan Wilbanks, 26, was in custody in connection with a series of robberies, a homicide and a shootout with police that occurred on Friday, but a second suspect remains at large.
Police say Wilbanks and his accomplice committed four robberies on Friday, starting with a Little Caesars Pizza on the 2800 block of Story Road at 7:25 p.m.
That second suspect, whose identity remains unknown, remains at large, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and capturing him.
The pair allegedly hit a gas station on the 1000 block of E. Capitol Expressway at 7:40 p.m., a Jack on the Box on the 600 block of Curtner Avenue at 8:43 p.m., and a spa on the 1400 block of Bird Avenue at 8:58 p.m.
Only minutes later, the suspects allegedly tried to carjack San Jose resident Rory Parkpettiford, 22, in the parking lot of a 7-11 store on the 400 block of South Kiely Boulevard.
Parkpettiford was shot during the attempted carjacking, and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Police intercepted the pair around 9:13 p.m., after two police officers spotted the suspect vehicle on U.S. Highway 101 near Interstate Highway 280.
The vehicle fled and police pursued, until the vehicle stopped at a red light at Tully Road and Lanai Avenue and the suspects got out and allegedly opened fire on the pursuing officers.
Officer Bruce Barthelemy and another officer, whose identity has not been released, returned fire and hit one suspect, later identified as Wilbanks. The second officer was injured during the exchange, suffering two gunshot wounds.
KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:
The suspects got back into their car and drove away, with police continuing to pursue. The suspects allegedly continued to fire at police as they drove, and then the passenger jumped out of the car and fled on foot while the driver continued to flee in the vehicle.
The suspect vehicle then crashed on Cunningham Avenue on the west side of Reid Hillview Airport, and the driver fled on foot, eventually entering a house through the back door. The residents told police where he was, and officers surrounded the house and took the suspect into custody without incident.
The suspect, Wilbanks, was treated for two non-lifethreateing gunshot wounds and arrested on suspicion of murder, two counts of attempted murder, four counts of robbery, burglary and auto theft.
Anyone with information on the alleged crimes or the identity and whereabouts of the second suspect should contact San Jose police Detective Sgt. Craig Storlie at (408) 277-5283. Anonymous tips can be made by calling (408) 947-7867 or go to http://www.tipsubmit.com.
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