​For release on June 12, 2015  CONTACT:
Madeline Seiff, Deputy District Attorney
Central Felonies Unit
(408) 792-2971   SAN JOSE HOME INVADERS, SON OF VICTIM CHARGED   An adult and three teenagers have now been charged with the brazen daytime invasion of an Evergreen home in San Jose last month. One of those charged is the 17-year-old son of the home owner, who will be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m.   The three teens, son included, have been charged as adults in the crime, which was partially captured on home security video and widely broadcast by the media and on social media soon after the crime. Evidence shows that Simerjeet Singh – who was arrested today - helped plan the invasion of his father’s house with criminal street gang members that he knew from high school.   Facing felony robbery and burglary charges along with gang enhancements are:
Singh, Moses Perez Herrera, 17; Alvaro Valdivia, 16; and Moses Noel Torres, 22.   “We are thankful to the San Jose Police Department for identifying these dangerous defendants and in quickly tracking them down and getting them into custody,” prosecutor Madeline Seiff said. “Most of all, we are thankful the victims are all safe.”   Around 11:00 a.m. on May 8, 2015, Herrera and Valdivia, driven there by Torres, broke in to the home through an unlocked sliding door. Valdivia wore a hood and gloves. The defendants explored the home’s first floor, arming themselves with kitchen utensils, severing telephone landlines, and stealing a cell phone.   When they went upstairs they were confronted by a female resident, who thought the noises may have been her husband. She, another female, and a baby took refuge in a room. The defendants ran after her, smashing through a door the victim was desperately trying to hold closed. The three then fled that room and locked themselves into a bathroom. As the victims called for police on a cell phone, the defendants unsuccessfully tried to get in. They finally left.   Evidence shows that the Herrera, Valdivia, and Torres are affiliated with a Norteno criminal street gang in San Jose.   ###

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