Suspects in Police Shootout and Robberies Tied to Carjacking and Homicide

By: Sophia Silletto - Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:19:43 -0800

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SAN JOSE (BCN) -- San Jose police have connected two suspects in a string of  robberies and an officer-involved shooting with a homicide that took place in  the parking lot of a 7-11 Friday.
      
One suspect, San Jose resident Jonathan Wilbanks, 26, is in  custody in connection with a crime spree Friday evening involving a series of  robberies and a failed carjacking that ended in a fatal shooting. Wilbanks  was taken into custody following a pursuit and shootout with two San Jose  police officers.
      
A second suspect, whose identity remains unknown, remains at  large, and police are asking for the public's help in identifying and  capturing him.
      
Police say Wilbanks and his accomplice committed four robberies on  Friday, starting with a Little Caesars Pizza on the 2800 block of Story Road  at 7:25 p.m.
      
They allegedly hit a gas station on the 1000 block of E. Capitol  Expressway at 7:40 p.m., a Jack on the Box on the 600 block of Curtner Avenue  at 8:43 p.m., and a spa on the 1400 block of Bird Avenue at 8:58 p.m.
      
Only minutes later, the suspects allegedly tried to carjack San  Jose resident Rory Parkpettiford, 22, in the parking lot of a 7-11 store on  the 400 block of South Kiely Boulevard.
      
Parkpettiford was shot during the attempted carjacking, and was  later pronounced dead at the scene.
      
Police intercepted the pair around 9:13 p.m., after two police  officers spotted the suspect vehicle on U.S. Highway 101 near Interstate  Highway 280.
      
The vehicle fled and police pursued, until the vehicle stopped at  a red light at Tully Road and Lanai Avenue and the suspects got out and  allegedly opened fire on the pursuing officers.
      
Officer Bruce Barthelemy and another officer, whose identity has  not been released, returned fire and hit one suspect, later identified as  Wilbanks. The second officer was injured during the exchange, suffering two  gunshot wounds.
      
The suspects got back into their car and drove away, with police  continuing to pursue. The suspects allegedly continued to fire at police as  they drove, and then the passenger jumped out of the car and fled on foot  while the driver continued to flee in the vehicle.
      
The suspect vehicle then crashed on Cunningham Avenue on the west  side of Reid Hillview Airport, and the driver fled on foot, eventually  entering a house through the back door. The residents told police where he  was, and officers surrounded the house and took the suspect into custody  without incident.
      
The suspect, Wilbanks, was treated for two non-lifethreateing  gunshot wounds and arrested on suspicion of murder, two counts of attempted  murder, four counts of robbery, burglary and auto theft.
      
Anyone with information on the alleged crimes or the identity and  whereabouts of the second suspect should contact San Jose police Detective  Sgt. Craig Storlie at (408) 277-5283. Anonymous tips can be made by calling  (408) 947-7867 or go to www.tipsubmit.com.

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