Late last month, five individuals were arrested on murder charges at San Jose International Airport after being identified by a TSA Officer.
In the early morning hours of December 21st, the San Jose Police Department – Airport Division (SJPD-AD) had issued a “Be On the Look Out” or BOLO message, at San Jose International Airport for three males and two females who were wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man in North San Jose.
During the course of screening operations at the checkpoint, an SJPD-AD Officer approached the TDC podium and handed TSO Michael Rodriguez a note with the names of the two male suspects. Rodriguez continued with processing passengers at the TDC, and shortly thereafter realized that he was checking the ID of one of the suspects on the BOLO. Rodriguez handed the ID over to the SJPD Officer and informed him of the name match. Both the passenger in question and his traveling companion were pulled to the side, questioned, and arrested by SJPD-AD.
Meanwhile, STSO Bev Chavez observed another male passenger, accompanied by two female passengers, in the security checkpoint acting suspiciously while they observed the police activity at the TDC podium. STSO Chavez brought her observation of the suspicious behavior to the attention of the SJPD-AD Officer, and after questioning, these three individuals were also placed under arrest.
“I am extremely proud of Michael and Beverly and all our Transportation Security Officers here at SJC,” said FSD Kathleen A. Roscher. “Michael’s attentiveness and Beverly’s vigilance made it possible for SJPD-AD to take quick action in apprehending these suspects.” Roscher added, “Both Officers’ determination and professionalism are a testament to the dedication of our TSOs across the country who serve the traveling public and keep them safe.”
By: Meagan Darcus, Office of Strategic Communication/Public Affairs