GPD arrests suspect in Aug. 6 strong-arm robberies

Jonathan Aviles

Police have arrested a man they say played a part in multiple
strong-arm robberies more than two weeks ago in Downtown Gilroy,
including one that left a victim hospitalized with serious
injuries, according to the Gilroy Police Department. Full story
Police have arrested a man they say played a part in multiple strong-arm robberies more than two weeks ago in Downtown Gilroy, including one that left a victim hospitalized with serious injuries, according to the Gilroy Police Department.

Jonathan Aviles, 18, of Gilroy, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of robbery. His suspected partner, 20-year-old Antonio Rodriguez, also of Gilroy, was arrested at the time of the robberies, police said.

Both are suspected of at least two robberies, which occurred in the 7200 block of Eigleberry Street and 7400 block of Monterey Road, police said.

On Aug. 6, the GPD received a call of a 15-year-old assault victim who was suffering from serious, but non-life threatening injuries at Saint Louise Regional Hospital. After contacting the victim, police determined he had been assaulted and robbed around 10 p.m. on Eigleberry Street, according to the GPD.

Police soon received another report than a 46-year-old man had been robbed on Monterey Road, several blocks from the first incident.

The suspects wielded a knife, threatened the victims and robbed them of an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

Neither victim was stabbed, however, said GPD Sgt. Chad Gallacinao.

Police learned that security guards from a downtown business approached a subject, later identified as Rodriguez, who they said had harassed customers and attempted to rob them near the reported crime scenes, according to the GPD.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact GPD Det. Michael Bolton at 846-0350, or anonymously at 1-800-782-7463.

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