Police seek suspect for attempted robbery, stabbing

Jose Corona-Abad

The Gilroy Police Department is requesting the public’s help in
locating a suspect believed to be involved in an attempted stabbing
and robbery of a man and his two children in December. The suspect
is Jose Corona-Abad,19, of Gilroy. He is described as 5 feet 10
inches tall and 120 pounds and considered dangerous, according to
the GPD.
The Gilroy Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating a suspect believed to be involved in a gang-related attempted stabbing and robbery of a man and his two children in December.

The suspect is Jose Corona-Abad, 19, of Gilroy. Corona-Abad is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 120 pounds and is dangerous, according to the GPD. He is wanted for gang-related attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and brandishing of a deadly weapon.

On December 31, the GPD’s Anti-Crime Team arrested a 17-year-old suspect for his role in the incident. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall for gang-related attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and brandishing of a deadly weapon.

On Dec. 21, 2010, Corona-Abad and the 17-year-old suspect approached a man and his two young children on Southgate Court, brandished a knife and demanded money, according to the GPD.

They threatened to stab the man and his children if he refused, according to the GPD.

The victim was able to keep the suspects from stabbing him or his children, and the suspects fled upon police arrival, according to the GPD.

The incident may also have been a case of mistaken identity, GPD Sgt. Chad Gallacinao said.

“The two suspects believed the victim was possibly a rival gang member, but that ended up not being the case,” Gallacinao said.

After an investigation, the Anti-Crime Team determined the incident was gang-related and were able to identify suspects.

A crime is considered gang-related when it is committed for the benefit of or in association with any criminal street gang, Gallacinao said.

“We believe any gang activity in the community is significant,” he added. “It definitely becomes a quality-of-life issue for the community.”

Warrants served at Corona-Abad’s previous residences were unsuccessful, and his whereabouts are currently unknown, according to the GPD.

Anyone with information about this event or the whereabouts of Corona-Abad is asked to call the GPD at 846-0350 or anonymously at 1-800-782-7463.

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