Unprovoked Assaults With Two Victims, Good Witnesses, Proactive SCPD Officer Leads MVPD Patrol Team To ID And Arrest Suspect

Suspect Kershaw

Suspect Russell Kershaw

Cuesta Park NeighborhoodOn Friday, September 26, 2014 at around 4:50PM an unknown male suspect punched a 63 year-old man in a parking lot located at Phyllis Avenue and Grant Road. An observant and kind witness stopped to assist the victim and waited for us to arrive providing a great description of the suspect. Fire and medical personnel responded to aid the victim who was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital for a facial laceration.

The suspect in this assault was described as a Caucasian or Hispanic male with a medium complexion, bald head and a dark goatee. At the time of this incident, the suspect was seen wearing a black t-shirt with brown colored shorts.

Then, on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at around 11:36AM, we responded to 1350 Grant Road on the report of an assault involving a victim who was struck in the head. Fire and medical personnel provided assistance to a 46 year-old victim who was treated and released at the scene.

Similar to the assault on September 26th, the suspect was described as a white male, around 35 years-old with short black “thinning hair” and black chin hair. He was also seen wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans.

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, KTVU reported on the September 28th incident, which was seen by a Santa Clara Police Department Officer who noticed a similarity with one of his cases. Connecting the pieces, we were able to identify a possible suspect thanks to this officer.

Further confirmation this was our suspect came when witnesses in our cases were able to positively identify suspect Russell Kershaw, a 27 year-old out of San Jose. Suspect Kershaw was located and arrested in Mountain View on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 5:30PM for Penal Code violations 243(d) (Battery with Serious Bodily Injury), 136.1(b) (Dissuading a Witness), and 242 (Battery); he was booked into San Jose Main Jail without incident.

This arrest is demonstrative of proactive victims, our community, interagency patrol teams and media working to identify a suspect ultimately leading to an arrest. Thank you for helping us keep our City safe.

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