San Jose police on Friday released a photo of the 21-year-old San Martin man accused of trying to rob a check-cashing facility and then giving police a chase by jumping from rooftop to rooftop in the eastern part of the city.
Oscar Sencion was taken into custody about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, a little more than two hours after police began to pursue him. He was booked on charges of attempted robbery, resisting arrest and other firearm charges.
Sgt. Jason Dwyer said Sencion tried to rob a check-cashing center just before 8 a.m. in the 2100 block of Story Road. Witnesses reported that shots were fired, though no one was injured. A tripped alarm triggered a 911 call.
The man ran away, prompting a police chase that led to the intersection of Cinderella Lane and Sunset Avenue. Police blocked off streets in the area.
"Get out!" Chito Espejo said he shouted at the suspect, who said "OK," and scrambled up onto the roof. Espejo said he didn't see a gun, but saw the suspect jumping from roof to roof.
By 8:30 a.m., the neighborhood was swarming with officers, poised with guns drawn, as residents waited nervously outside their homes. Police checked the trunks of cars as residents left for work.