Cuesta Park Neighborhood: On 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.