A tense, daylong standoff that forced San Jose police to evacuate a neighborhood ended with the suspect being taken into custody Wednesday evening.
Police say the man, who is suspected of robbing an O’Reilly Auto Parts store on Tully Road, barricaded himself in a house on the 1800 block of Clarice Drive.
The suspect sustained non-life threatening injuries during the arrest around 6:50 p.m., police said, without providing any further details. The man is being taken to an area hospital and will then be booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.
Officers chased the suspect into an East San Jose neighborhood around 9 a.m. Wednesday. He broke into a house and briefly threatened a pregnant woman with a knife, police said. The suspect told the woman, who was uninjured, that he had a gun, but she said she did not see one.
The man then jumped fences and broke into a second, and then, a third home. That’s where police said he remained all day.
Police, who brought in a SWAT team, dogs, an armored vehicle and even a robot, used flash bangs to try and lure the suspect out of the residence, but were unsuccessful.
They also used bullhorns to communicate with the man, urging him to give up — in both English and Spanish.
Officers said they have also arrested a woman in connection with the theft on Wednesday morning. This second suspect was nabbed shortly after the crime was committed, and booked into county jail, police said.
Neighbors said they were rattled.
"You think you are safe in your own home, but you're not," Lucy Godinez said.
Katherine Smith Elementary School is just a few blocks away. The school was not placed on lockdown, but students were kept indoors during recess as a precaution.