Police search for suspect who attacked 91-year-old at Santa Clara cemetery


SANTA CLARA (KRON) – A 91-year-old man was visiting his wife’s grave at the Mission City Memorial Park cemetery when he was suddenly hit in the back of the head with a rock on Saturday. An attack that police are calling “unprovoked and ruthless… on a vulnerable member of [the] community.”

The suspect, who police describe as a Latino male between 35 to 50 years old, and 5’9″ to 6’0″ tall with a medium build, with slicked back grey hair, and a grey mustache, then stole personal property from the victim and fled on a grey and black mountain bike.

“This is a victim who visits his wife’s grave site on a daily basis,” said Santa Clara Police Capt. Wahid Kazem. “[He] takes a lawn chair because he spends quite a lot of hours out there with his deceased spouse and to have this happen to him and in such a manner that it happened to him is just completely unacceptable.”

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The status of his condition is unknown at this time.

“Fortunately for the victim there were other patrons in the cemetery who came to his aide and provided some treatment for him got some medical care for him,” Kazem said. “And subsequently were able to provide enough information to us for a composite sketch”

Police are asking the public to contact Detective Sergeant Nick Richards at 408-615-4814 or anonymously at 408-615-4847 if they have any information regarding this incident.

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