SANTA CLARA -- Surveillance footage yielded tips that led to the arrest of a San Jose teen who took an 11-year-old boy's bicycle at knifepoint earlier this month, according to the Santa Clara Police Department.

The robbery occurred around 5:30 p.m. July 7 when the victim was playing at Washington Elementary School in San Jose and was approached by a teen boy, who threatened the child with the weapon and took off with the bicycle, police said.

Officers gathered surveillance video from both the school and a nearby 7-Eleven store and released images to the public a week later. Police said the images elicited "numerous tips" and led them to suspect and arrest a 15-year-old boy from San Jose on Friday. He was booked in Juvenile Hall; his name was withheld because he is a minor.

Lt. Kurt Clarke said the images also led investigators to "associates of the suspect" who witnessed the robbery. Soon after the arrest, police recovered the stolen bike and returned it to the 11-year-old boy.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.



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