Gunman on Loose in South Bay

A crime that began in Milpitas spilled into San Jose Tuesday.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011  |  Updated 4:56 PM PDT
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Gunman on Loose in South Bay

Marianne Favro

This is the neighborhood where the house to house search took place.

An armed carjacking suspect led police on a tense search in South San Jose Tuesday.

Residents who live near Ezie Street and El Cajon, which is in the Seven Trees neighborhood near Capitol Expressway, were told to stay inside their homes on lockdown for most of the morning.

Police said the suspect crashed his car in that neighborhood and then ran off.

The suspect, identified as Jarek Brown (pictured below), was initially sought by Milpitas police for an armed carjacking on December 7.

Milpitas police said they have been looking for Brown ever since and found him Tuesday morning in San Jose near Capitol Expressway and Highway 101. A short chase ended with the crash in the San Jose neighborhood, according to police.

Brown somehow hid in that neighborhood after running away from police for about two hours.

"He's believed to be armed with a handgun," San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer told Bay City News.

Dwyer told NBC Bay Area the suspect broke into the home of a 80-year-old man and stole his car keys and then his car which was parked in the garage. That home owner told NBC Bay Area's Marianne Favro that the car was a 2005 Camry.

As the suspect fled the neighborhood in the 80-year-old man's stolen car he ran down a police motorcycle. No officer was on the motorcycle at the time and no injuries were reported.

He was reportedly last seen on Monterey Road, but again appeared to be able to evade police.

Even after that report, police continued to do a house to house search of the neighborhood for about a half hour. That search ended by noon. Police began leaving the area the following hour.

Police told Favro that Brown remained on the loose as of 3 p.m.

There were no further sightings of Brown Tuesday. It appears he slipped out of the dragnet.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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