SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – A man who went on a stabbing and carjacking spree in San Jose and Milpitas, California has left 3 people dead and 9 injured. The suspect, who was on probation, has been arrested by the authorities.
According to ABC7 News Bay Area, the deadly crime spree began on Monday morning when the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Zachary Castaneda, stabbed a man to death in his home near Oakland. He then carjacked a truck and drove it to a nearby gas station in Milpitas, where he stabbed another man and carjacked a second vehicle.
Castaneda then drove the stolen car to San Jose, where he carjacked a third vehicle and drove it to a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store. There, he stabbed four more people, killing two of them.
San Jose police Chief Anthony Mata said at a press conference that the incident unfolded “over the course of about an hour” and that the suspect “was moving very, very quickly.” He added that the police received a call about a possible shooting at the 7-Eleven, but when they arrived they found out it was a stabbing.
The police were able to locate and arrest Castaneda after he crashed the stolen car into a tree near a residential area. All of the people who were injured in the incident were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
San Jose Mayor, Sam Liccardo, tweeted, “Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We will continue to work with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of our community.”