Man Survives Bizarre, Violent Attack at San Jose VTA Platform, Suspect in Custody

A 45-year-old man suffered serious wounds after an apparently unprovoked attack by a suspect wearing an armored vest Wednesday afternoon on a VTA platform in San Jose, authorities said.

The assault at the Children's Discovery Museum VTA Light Rail Station happened about 1:15pm, when a suspect later identified as Andrew Perez allegedly attacked the victim on the platform. Authorities said the two men didn't know each other, and it was unclear what provoked the attack.

The Sheriff’s Office, in an unusual move, released a video of the assault and the following statement: “The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is disturbed by the brutality of what appears to be an unprovoked attack on a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority platform, that caused serious injuries to the victim.”

The video shows a man approaching the victim, who was standing with his bike on the platform. Suddenly, the attacker throws the victim to the ground and begins punching and dragging him.

.When deputies arrived “moments after” the assault, they reported they found the victim “covered in bright, red blood from his head down to his torso.”

At one point, authorities believe a sharp weapon was used because the victim suffered a large gash on his forehead that required seven staples, and cuts on his elbow and wrist. The Sheriff's Office said it didn't find a sharp weapon when deputies searched the scene.

The victim was treated by emergency crews and hospitalized in stable condition.

The suspect had fled by the time authorities arrived but with the assistance from witnesses and the San Jose Police Department, Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate Perez barricaded at his residence in a near the VTA station. He was eventually arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of crimes that include attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Jail records show he is being held without bail and was to appear today in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

“We are thankful for all the witnesses who were brave enough to call 9-1-1 and to come forward and speak with Sheriff’s deputies regarding the incident that occurred,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Three decades of journalism experience, as a writer and editor with Gannett, Knight-Ridder and Lee newspapers, as a business journal editor and publisher and as a weekly newspaper editor in Scotts Valley and Gilroy; with the Weeklys group since 2017. Recipient of several first-place writing and editing awards, California News Publishers Association.


  1. Well, that’s another transit user that may be looking for a car, and

    Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate Perez barricaded at his residence in a [home] near the VTA station

    transit-oriented development and “urban village” critics are not surprised.

  2. That is extremely scary. Think of the thousands and thousands of people just like that that Gavin Newsom has released from prison in the last years. If that was your father, son, mother, wife or daughter being attacked would it be enough to make you vote differently? I hope you never experience that. It’s clear we’re seeing more and more of these events, this one fortunately was caught on camera and reported about. The takeaway message is to avoid public transit at all costs until they can provide a safe environment. Do you think when the criminal is convicted again for this additional felony he’ll be sentenced to 30 years like the Pelosi attacker was? I don’t. Anyone know if the judge has released this attacker yet?

  3. This happens on a daily basis, unseen, on the mighty Guadalupe River aka the Jungle 2.0, and all the other city wide camping sites

  4. Holtzclaw reporting on crime is what made me take a second look at this article. I wonder if this clown is still anti police.

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