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Milpitas Police Department
Thursday October 17th, 2019 :: 01:15 p.m. PDT


Press Release: Suspect Arrested with Loaded Firearm

DATE: October 15, 2019
LOCATION: 342-Blk W. Calaveras Boulevard
CASE #: 19-281-108
SUSPECT #1: Mario Franco-Alvarado, 18-year old male, Milpitas resident
SUSPECT #2: Jose Leonardo Mejia, 19-year old male, Milpitas resident
VEHICLE: 2003 green Honda Civic 4Door

On October 8, 2019, at 3:07 P.M., officers responded to the 342-block of W. Calaveras Boulevard on the report of a brandishing with a handgun due to a road rage incident. Officers arrived on scene within 16 seconds of the originating call, but the suspects fled in a green Honda Civic 4 door.

In less than one hour, an officer located the suspect’s vehicle on N. Park Victoria Drive and E. Calaveras Boulevard. A short vehicle pursuit ensued and the suspect’s stopped on N. Hillview Drive and Hillview Court. The driver, later identified as Mario Franco-Alvarado, remained at the scene and was taken into custody without incident. The passenger, Jose Leonardo Mejia, immediately fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, Mejia discarded a loaded semi-automatic handgun, but was apprehended by responding officers.

Franco-Alvarado was booked into the Santa Clara County main jail on charges of brandishing of a handgun and evading a police officer. Mejia was booked into jail on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and resisting arrest.

Press Release By: Lieutenant Abbie Serrano #245
Date/Time: October 15, 2019; 5:11 P.M.

Milpitas Police Department
1275 N Milpitas Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 408-586-2400

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