SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A female suspect is accused of helping conceal the murder of a beloved San Jose community leader known as ‘Miss Flo’ during a home-invasion robbery last fall, authorities said.
Santa Clara County deputies said the second suspect in this case was arrested on Friday.
19-year-old Jennifer Hernandez Jimenez is accused of helping cover up the murder of 88-year-old Flo Douglas.
She was beaten in a home-invasion robbery in September and died from her injuries a month later.
Jimenez was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges of being an accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice. She is being held with no bail at the Santa Clara County Jail.
Monday, people who live near her Cragmont Avenue home say the neighborhood is different now with Miss Flo gone.
“That was a sweet old gal there,” said neighbor Ken Holland.
“She always had a smile and a wave,” agreed area resident Randy Reece.
The primary murder suspect, Zachary Omar Cuen, was arrested just days after the crime. He was charged with robbery, elder abuse, and when she died, murder.
But the investigation into Jimenez and her alleged involvement continued until her arrest on Friday.
Court documents detailed that Jimenez helped Cuen after he drove Miss Flo’s vehicle to her house on the day of the home invasion robbery. Jimenez provided Cuen with clean clothes and helped dispose of his garments and shoes that were blood-stained during the crime.
Jimenez continued to lie to authorities when interviewed at various points after Miss Flo’s death and Cuen’s arrest. Her next court appearance is scheduled for March 20.
If convicted, Jimenez faces a sentence of three years and eight months in prison.