Suspect Arrested in a San Jose Hit-and-run Death This Month

Police in San Jose said Monday they have arrested a 40-year-old woman in connection with a hit-and-run collision that killed a 33-year-old man earlier this month.

Amber Daphnee Chavez, of San Jose, was taken into custody on April 20 on suspicion of homicide, carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon, police said in a news release.

Amber Daphnee Chavez, of San Jose, was taken into custody on April 20 on suspicion of homicide, carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon, police said in a news release. (Photo courtesy of SJPD)

The collision was reported about 5pm April 8 in the 1100 block of South First Street. Officers found the victim, Ricardo Cendejas of San Jose, with life-threatening injuries, police said.

He was taken to a hospital, where he died on April 16.

Police said an investigation revealed that the suspect was connected to a carjacking and allegedly used the vehicle as a weapon to intentionally attack the victim. Information about a motive was not released.

The death was the city's 13th homicide this year.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Hamblin #3600 or Detective Rak #3994 of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide unit at 408.277.5283.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 408.947.7867.

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