Hearings pushed into the fall in torture, home invasion case

Defendants Juvenal Reyes, Norberto Serna and Danny Rivera were

Since the May 3 arrest of six suspects involved in the Feb. 6
break-in and brutal assault of 59-year-old Gilroy collector Gary
Wise, five of those suspects have had their next court hearings
delayed until fall.
Since the May 3 arrest of six suspects involved in the Feb. 6 break-in and brutal assault of 59-year-old Gilroy collector Gary Wise, five of those suspects have had their next court hearings delayed until fall.

The joint delay request was granted Tuesday afternoon during a hearing at the South County Morgan Hill Courthouse by Judge Andrea Flint, who set the next date for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6.

Troy Benson, deputy district attorney for Santa Clara County, said requests for time extensions are common as it allows all parties to adequately prepare for the case hearing. Three of the suspects – Juvenal Reyes, 62; Norberto Serna, 41; and Danny Rivera, 22; were present. Juan Fonseca, 21, and Ernesto Gonzalez, 25; did not appear at the hearing.

Serna is represented by Maureen Baldwin, Rivera is represented by Deanna Burneikis, Reyes is represented by Tammy Miller, Gonzales is represented by Irma Gallardo and Fonseca is represented by Jessica Delgado, according to court documents.

This is the third hearing that has taken place since the suspects were arrested.

The first hearing, held May 17 was marked by an appearance from Wise, who was accompanied by a supportive group of family members and neighbors. Wise appeared to be on the mend after surviving the violent ambush; able to stand and displaying a normal range of motion.

The second hearing, held June 14, saw the date pushed to July 12. All five suspects were present for the first two hearings.

According to police reports, Wise, 59, arrived at his home at about 9 p.m. Feb. 6 when three male suspects ambushed him. The suspects then tied him up and tortured him in an effort to learn the combination to a safe, pouring chemical substances over his body and face and beating him with pool cues until he lost consciousness.

Reports state the suspects made off with Wise’s personal collections including various guns, stamps, coins and playing cards, in addition to stealing the victim’s truck and subsequently abandoning it in near Highways 9 and 35 outside the city of Saratoga.

Beginning at 6:30 a.m. May 3, a sweeping string of search warrants and arrests were carried out at the residences of Gonzales and Fonseca at the 3800 block of Williams Road in San Jose, Rivera’s residence at the 2900 block of Park Lane in San Jose, the 900 block of Rucker Avenue in Gilroy for Reyes and the 100 block of Miramonte Avenue in Morgan Hill for Serna. The searches resulted from a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department investigation

One juvenile, whose name was not released, was also arrested according to Sgt. Rick Sung with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives located a significant cache of stolen property the morning of May 25, when Sheriffs conducted a search of suspect Ernesto Gonzalez’s apartment unit in west San Jose and discovered several secret compartments hidden beneath the carpeted floor. The stashed items included more than 20 handguns, 40 rifles and various collectibles, authorities say.

New charges were also brought forth against Gonzalez in June. These stem from a separate burglary incident in Sunnyvale, according to Troy Benson, who said the charges involve other stolen property, including guns.

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