Police Arrest One, Seek other in Lightrail Purse Theft

Police said they arrested the woman Saturday and are still searching for the woman's older brother, who is also a suspect.

Sunday, Mar 17, 2013  |  Updated 2:36 PM PDT
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Police Arrest One, Seek other in Lightrail Purse Theft

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San Jose police have arrested a woman suspected of assaulting another woman and stealing her purse at a light rail station last month.

Police said they arrested the woman Saturday and are still searching for the woman's older brother, who is also a suspect. 

After making surveillance footage public on Tuesday,  police received tips identifying two suspects in the Feb. 6 robbery as  Jozette Rios, 20, and her older brother Jonathan Zipriano Rios, 21, according  to police spokesman Officer Albert Morales. 

Jozette was located and arrested on Friday, but Jonathan Rios  remains at large and a felony warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Police say the two suspects and the victim were riding on a Santa  Clara Valley Transportation Authority train on Feb. 6 and got off together at  the Race Street Station at about 6:52 p.m., police said.

The suspects followed the victim onto a sidewalk and the female  suspect allegedly started to punch and kick the woman until she fell to the  ground, police said. 

The female and male suspect together allegedly ripped the purse  away from the woman's grasp and then got onto bicycles and rode way, police  said.

Jonathan Rios is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, around  165 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Police believe he is homeless and  probably in the downtown San Jose or Alviso areas. He was last seen riding a  10-speed bicycle with curved handlebars.

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