SAN JOSE -- San Jose police Friday arrested a 16-year-old boy wanted in the home invasion and sexual assault of an 85-year-old woman earlier this week.
Officers in the Covert Response Unit went to a home off Alma Way around 3:30 p.m. and arrested the teen, San Jose police spokesman Albert Morales said. The boy was expected to be booked into juvenile hall.
He was suspected in a violent stretch that started about 4 a.m. Tuesday when he and a 15-year-old boy broke into a home in the 1500 block of Sunshadow Lane -- near Story Road and East Capitol Expressway in East San Jose -- and woke up the 85-year-old couple who lives there, police said. Police allege one or both of the boys then sexually assaulted the woman and sped off in the couple's Chevrolet Equinox SUV.
The California Highway Patrol spotted the pair topping speeds of 100 mph on southbound Highway 101 near Tully Road and followed them as they exited the Capitol Expressway offramp, headed west, then turned south onto Senter Road. An attempt to make a hard left on Singleton Road caused the vehicle to lose control and crash into the garage of a vacant home near Andrew Hill High School.
While the 15-year-old suspect was pinned inside the wreck, the 16-year-old ran off after being confronted by officers and eluded capture. But police interrogated the other boy and got an idea of the identity of the escapee and started tracking him down, which culminated in Friday's arrest. Police would not release the arrested boys' names because they are not adults.
The woman sexually assaulted in the home invasion was taken to the hospital and expected to survive. Her husband was not injured.
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