Suspect Arrested for Attempted Murder Following Attack on VTA Platform

Payam Javan: The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is disturbed by the brutality of what appears to be an unprovoked attack on a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) platform, that caused serious injuries to the victim. Thankfully, with the help of our law enforcement partners, the incident ended peacefully, and the suspect was brought into custody.

On 5/29/2024, at approximately 1:12 P.M., Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the V.T.A. Children’s Discovery Museum Station, for a report of an active assault that was taking place on the platform area. Moments later, several Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and located the victim (45) who appeared to be covered in bright, red blood from his head down to his torso area. The suspect, later identified as Andrew Perez (26), had already fled the scene, wearing an armored plated vest. Deputies requested immediate medical response for the victim. The victim was later transported to a local hospital to be accessed and treated for his injuries.

With the assistance from witnesses and the San Jose Police Department, Sheriff’s Deputies were able to locate Perez barricaded at his residence in a nearby area. The Sheriff’s Office utilized multiple resources from San Jose Fire, California Highway Patrol, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, and the San Jose and Campbell Police Departments to bring the incident to a peaceful resolution. Perez was taken into custody at his residence and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges of P.C. 664/187 – Attempted Murder, P.C. 245(a)(4) – Assault with a Deadly Weapon, P.C. 12022.2(b) – Possession of Body Armor During the Commission of a Felony, and P.C. 369i(b)(1) – Interfere with Safe Transit Operations.

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After further investigation, the Sheriff’s Office determined there was no relationship between Perez and the victim. After speaking to the victim, the victim believed Perez attacked him with an edged weapon. After reviewing video surveillance of the attack, the motions of the body strikes to the victim’s body depict Perez striking him with an unidentified weapon. The Sheriff’s Office did not recover an edged weapon at the crime scene. The victim sustained the following injuries: A laceration approximately 8 to 10 inches in length to his forehead, requiring 7 staples, approximately a 4-inch laceration to his elbow, and a ½ inch laceration to his left wrist. Despite the serious injuries, the victim is in stable condition.

We are thankful for all the witnesses who were brave enough to call 9-1-1 and to come forward and speak with Sheriff’s Deputies regarding the incident that occurred. The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to be vigilant of their surroundings at all times. If you see anything suspicious, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

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