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San Jose RIOTS last night Cinco de Mayo; man stabbed and more

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San Jose RIOTS last night Cinco de Mayo; man stabbed and more
Violence Mars San Jose Cinco De Mayo Celebration

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- One person was stabbed, stores windows broken and several fights broken up by police overnight as rowdy Cinco de Mayo celebrants took to the streets.

Early Friday business owners were busy cleaning up the damage at their shops located in a strip mall near Alum Rock and 33rd.

Such cleanup has become an annual morning after ritual at the mall, according to Alex Weaver, whose family owns it. He said that over the last 30 years, the stores have been damaged 10-15 times by late night Cinco de Mayo violence.

“This is not fair. This is not right, This is not good,” said Alex’s father, Donald. “We’re doing the cleanup now… I have some appointments today…I have to get on inside and get things going…This is a detour along the way.”

Alberto Avila owns a business located in the mall. Like Weaver, he was cleaning up piles of broken glass early Friday.

“People were walking by here, the police were pushing these people way from the streets,” Avila told KTVU. “On their way out they were throwing rocks at the businesses. They threw a big plant I had in the front for decoration into my window.”

NewsChopper 2 also caught glimpse of violence elsewhere during the celebration. On one street, a crowd of people pounced on the car of a passing motorist – pounding and rocking the vehicle.

San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said at about 9 p.m., someone walked into Regional Medical Center of San Jose with multiple stab wounds.

The victim, whose injuries are not considered life-threatening, was stabbed near the intersection of Story and King roads, according to Dwyer.

Shortly after 10 p.m., a carjacking was also reported at the intersection of Story and King roads. Several suspects confronted a victim and took his car, Dwyer said.

The suspects drove the car a short distance away and parked it, where officers were able to find it and return it to its owner, he said.

No arrests or suspect information were immediately available in connection with either case, Dwyer said.

Around midnight, many officers responded again to King and Story roads for crowd control after about 300 people gathered near the intersection.

The crowd "basically rushed the officers," who had to use pepper spray to fend them off, Dwyer said.

One officer was treated for a complaint of pain to his chest after his motorcycle was knocked over, according to Dwyer.


San Jose: Man fatally stabbed, police seeking suspect

As San Jose police on Thursday investigated the stabbing death of 20-year-old Demetrius Campbell during a Cinco de Mayo party the night before, those who knew him mourned the loss of the charismatic emcee known as Young Ghost as a blow to the local hip-hop scene, the loss of a budding community activist and a friend.

Police said they had made no arrests as of late afternoon. Although there were apparently witnesses, police were not putting out any suspect information, and it was unclear exactly what had sparked the deadly attack.

Campbell was a member of two music groups, his friends said, the Josie Bois and the Word. He was a rough-around-the-edges rapper who rhymed about the mean streets in a Detroit Tigers cap and had a soft spot for his family.
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