Three people were killed and six others injured in San Jose and a nearby town when a man randomly stabbed and punched victims with a pair of stolen cars, authorities said.
Kevin Parkourana, 31, of San Jose was arrested Thursday night for a series of half a dozen attacks that continued for about an hour and a half, police in San Jose and the adjacent city said Friday. of Milpitas.
Parkourana was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and carjacking in connection with the violence in the two cities, San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata said at a news conference. Mata called the attacks “random acts of violence”, adding that “there was no targeting of [specific] people.”
The crimes began shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday in San Jose, when Parkourana allegedly stabbed a victim and stole a van near the south end of town, sending the victim to the hospital.
About 20 minutes later, the suspect left the stolen van and stole an SUV after stabbing the motorist, police said. At the wheel of the SUV, the suspect then hit a pedestrian. The driver of the stolen SUV and the pedestrian were hospitalized in stable condition.
Around 4 p.m., the suspect allegedly used the stolen SUV to ram another vehicle in downtown San Jose, before stabbing the driver. The injured driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Shortly after and less than half a mile to the east, Parkourana intentionally hit three people near an intersection, two of whom died at the scene, police said. Next, the suspect allegedly hit another person who was riding a scooter on Alum Rock Avenue.
The final attack occurred around 4:32 p.m., the suspect allegedly stabbed and killed the victim in the parking lot of a big box store. Police said they found the stolen SUV abandoned nearby.
As police searched for the attacker, search dogs reportedly alerted the suspect to remain near the scene of the final attack. Parkourana got out of a car parked less than a quarter mile from the big box store, driving there without incident, police said.
The suspect was on active probation at the time of the attacks, although authorities have no plans to detail his criminal record, a San Jose police spokesman said Saturday.
The names of the victims had not been released. Police have yet to determine a motive.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.