TMCNet:  Police still looking for two armed carjacking suspects in South San Jose

[March 16, 2012]

Police still looking for two armed carjacking suspects in South San Jose

Mar 16, 2012 (San Jose Mercury News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Dozens of police officers surrounded a vacant South San Jose house for eight hours Friday only to find that two people suspected in armed robberies and a carjacking weren't inside.

Police are continuing their search for the two, who were identified as Roland Ramirez, 38, and Franchesca Galope, 28. Both are considered armed and dangerous, Police suspect Ramirez stole a gold Cadillac Escalade at 9:50 p.m. Thursday after a woman left the keys in the ignition at a gas station on Cahalan Avenue and Santa Teresa Boulevard.

Officers who responded reviewed surveillance video and identified the suspect as Ramirez, who has a felony warrant for his arrest and is a suspected gang member.

Officers began searching for Ramirez in locations where they thought he might be and spotted him at about 10:45 p.m. near Camden and Bascom avenues, Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.

Ramirez took off south on Highway 85. Police began to pursue the stolen SUV but called off the pursuit after speeds hit 100 mph, Dwyer said.

"The supervisor monitoring the pursuit terminated because of the speeds involved, and we know who the suspect was," Dwyer said.

Police believe Ramirez had stolen a second vehicle, a white Lexus SUV, which was located at 3:55 a.m. Friday parked in front of a vacant house on Blossom Avenue.

While confirming whether the car was stolen, officers saw a man matching Ramirez's description peeking out of a house window. .

Police -- including the Mobile Emergency Response Group and Equipment unit, the San Jose police version of a SWAT team -- surrounded the house.

Officers made several attempts to contact the people they thought were inside, and also used a robot to get a closer look at the house. One neighbor told this newspaper she could clearly hear the man's name being shouted out by police. The neighbor said at one point police indicated some homes might have to be evacuated.

But about noon police used flash bang noise devices to create distractions and MERGE officers entered the house.

Dwyer said its possible the suspect could have left out the back and escaped in the two to three minutes it took police to surround the house.

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez ___ (c)2012 the San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Visit the San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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