SJ: Police conclude year-long investigation with arrests of three suspects for multiple robberies and hate crimes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A year-long multi-jurisdictional investigation involving a criminal team of robbers targeting victims of Asian descent has culminated with the arrest of three suspects, a San Jose police spokesperson announced the afternoon of Sept. 17.

The San Jose Police Department’s robbery unit, with the assistance of the department’s covert response unit and detectives from the Hayward Police Department, concluded the investigation by initiating the arrests and eventual apprehension of the suspects, who worked in concert to commit dozens of robberies throughout the Bay Area, many in San Jose.

Asian females were frequently targeted, and many of them were injured in the robberies. Hate crime enhancements have been added to these incidents by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
Arrested are Anthony Michael Robinson, 24, of Stockton; Derje Damond Blanks, 23, of San Jose; and Cameron Alonzo Moody, 27, of East Palo Alto.

Robinson and Blanks were located and arrested in San Jose on Sept. 8. During apprehension efforts, Robinson fled in a vehicle, ran a red light and collided with another vehicle — which injured a 2-year-old girl and her father.

Robinson and Blanks were booked in Santa Clara County Jail for over 70 counts of felony robbery.

On Sept. 16, Moody was located and arrested in Union City by members of the covert response unit. Two loaded firearms were recovered. One of them was a ghost gun. Moody was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for a multitude of felony robbery charges.

“I want to thank all of our department members, as well as the outside agencies, who assisted with this long and complex investigation,” said San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata. “Thanks to their hard work, there are three less predators targeting members of our community. We are sensitive to the hate aspect targeting Asian females. I commend District Attorney Jeff Rosen for pursuing hate crime enhancements. We have tenacious investigators, and a dedicated apprehension team that was tasked with bringing these suspects to justice.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Det. Estantino of the San Jose Police Department’s robbery unit at (408) 277-4166, or Det. Niedenthal of the Hayward Police Department at (510) 293-7167.

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