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Three arrested for weekend homicide in San Jose

Three men have been arrested in connection with an April 7 homicide in San Jose that police believe was gang-related.

According to San Jose police, officers responded to the 1800 block of Sarasota Way at about 4:00 p.m. Saturday on a report of a person being attacked. Upon arrival, officers located 22-year-old Joseph Michael Robidoux-Cruz suffering from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma. Attempts to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police that a confrontation had occurred between the victim and three suspects. Police learned from witness accounts that the suspects were traveling in a white Acura when they spotted the victim walking and gave chase before attacking Robidoux-Cruz.

Preliminary investigation determined that the suspects were Alain Calvillo, 20, Filiberto Barreto Lopez, 20, and Francisco Bartolo Chavez, 23, and the suspect vehicle was identified by patrol officers.

The trio was arrested at about 11:15 p.m. in the area of South King and Story roads. Police say Calvillo was driving the Acura at the time of his arrest, while Lopez and Bartolo were in another vehicle.

According to authorities, the brutal attack was gang-motivated. Calvillo was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of being an accessory to the homicide. Lopez and Chavez were charged with suspicion of homicide.

Robidoux-Cruz’ death marks San Jose’s 7th homicide of 2012. The case remains under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Sgt. Steven Bustillos or Det. Jaime Jimenez of the SJPD’s Homicide Unit at (408) 277-5283.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.

Courtesy of Susie Fowkes,