SAN JOSE -- The man accused of driving his car through an East San Jose Wal-Mart and then attacking patrons has been charged with attempted murder in the Easter Sunday melee that injured four and garnered national attention.
This newspaper has also learned the suspect lived under a different name while growing up in Monterey County, his stepfather is on Death Row at San Quentin and an uncle was executed in 1999 for murder.
Haamid Ade Zaid, 33, a San Jose resident and Seaside native, was arraigned Thursday afternoon, but did not enter a plea to two counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of felony vandalism, three counts of misdemeanor hit and run and one count of reckless driving.
His bail had been set at $200,000, but was revoked after the attempted murder charges were filed.
"The court is convinced there's a substantial likelihood that release would result in danger to the public. No bail," Judge Daniel Nishigaya said.
Zaid stood quietly during the short hearing, listening attentively to his attorney, San Jose-based Victor Vertner. Afterward, Vertner spoke briefly and argued his client had been overcharged by prosecutors.
"I'm suggesting that (the charges) are off base," Vertner said.
Regarding Zaid's spirits, the attorney said, "He's fine."
Deputy district attorney Deborah Hernandez said one of the assault charges stems from a prior case where Zaid reportedly crashed into a San Jose gas station after fleeing from a collision. When asked why no drug charges were filed in light of initial police accounts reporting suspected drug use, she said the Wal-Mart case remains under investigation.
"Once the investigation is complete, there may be additional charges," Hernandez said.
Zaid was born Adrian Joseph Locke. Monterey County court records show cases involving the suspect from 1997 to 2003 as Locke, and two cases from the past two years as Zaid. Most of the cases were traffic infractions.
An examination of public records also shows his mother, previously identified as Rosemary Zaid in media reports, is Rosemary Malone Cleveland, whose brother Kelvin Shelby Malone was a death-row inmate at San Quentin for two murders in San Bernardino County and Missouri in 1981. Malone was arrested in San Jose and was executed in 1999 after being extradited to Missouri.
It was while visiting her brother on death row at San Quentin that Rosemary Malone met Dellano Leroy Cleveland, who was sentenced to death in the 1990 execution-style killings of two men in Pomona in what authorities described as a drug-related hit.
The two married in 2006, and their relationship was featured in a November story on The Daily Beast about Proposition 34, the failed measure that sought to repeal California's death penalty. Rosemary Malone Cleveland has been featured in independent media as a noted death penalty opponent.
According to eyewitnesses and police, Cleveland's son was seen about 11:15 a.m. Sunday speeding a red Cutlass Salon in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 777 Story Road, hitting two cars before barreling through the front of the store, stunning shoppers who scrambled out of the way. Once his car came to rest in a beer display inside, he allegedly got out, picked up a blunt metal object and swung it wildly.
Police say Zaid hit four people, including a 61-year-old Wal-Mart employee who was knocked unconscious and had to be hospitalized for head injuries. The worker is expected to recover. The other three victims were treated at the scene and released.
Zaid's alleged rampage came to a halt after onlookers tackled him, tied him up with belts and held him down for arriving officers, who said the suspect appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
A police report released Thursday alleges that earlier that day, Zaid's Cutlass was traveling erratically and running red lights on Stevens Creek Boulevard and Coleman Avenue, and speeding and swerving near Minnesota and Bird avenues.
Police records show that on Dec. 16, Zaid reportedly ran a red light at Meridian and Hillsdale avenues, got into a collision, then kept on driving before he lost control and crashed his Lexus sedan through the front of a Chevron minimart at the end of the Capitol Auto Mall. According to the officer reports, he admitted to having snorted methamphetamine earlier that day.
At the time of the Wal-Mart incident, he was being prosecuted for the December crash, an October incident where he is accused of throwing a chair through a Santana Row bar while purportedly high on cocaine and a July 2011 case where he called police to an imagined burglary at his West San Jose home in an apparent meth-induced delusion.
Zaid posted bail after the gas-station crash and avoided jail time for that and a handful of other mostly drug-related offenses because they were misdemeanor drug crimes where no one was injured. The latest felony charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing, and police ask that anyone with information in the case contact San Jose police Detective Adam Crawley at 408-277-4161.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.