Police: Man stole vehicle, tried to break into San Martin home


Police are looking for a man who tried to break into a home in San Martin after carjacking a vehicle in Santa Cruz, according to authorities.

Just after midnight July 9, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Water Avenue in San Martin, after a resident there called 911 to report an attempted break-in, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Glennon. The homeowner heard the suspect trying to force entry into the home, and warned him from inside that police were being called.

The suspect initially refused to leave the San Martin property. After the homeowner used a firearm to fire a warning shot, the suspect fled in a Chevrolet Impala that he had previously stolen out of Santa Cruz, Glennon said.

Deputies arrived to the area and located the stolen vehicle, and attempted to make a traffic stop, according to Glennon. The suspect continued to flee police, and a short vehicle chase took place.

The suspect led deputies to the end of Brookview Court in Morgan Hill, where he abandoned the Impala and continued to run away on foot through residential yards, Glennon said.

Deputies and Morgan Hill Police set up a perimeter and conducted a search—which included a K9 and helicopter—while ordering local residents to shelter in place, Glennon said. However, authorities did not find the suspect.

Glennon said police later found out the suspect had stolen the Impala from a location in Santa Cruz by approaching the vehicle, and telling the driver that he had a gun and wanted the car. However, the victims did not see a firearm in the man’s possession.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 35 years old, with shoulder-length brown hair, Glennon said.

No injuries were reported in the alleged crime spree.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (408) 299-2311.