San Jose police on Thursday released a video of a robbery and shooting at the Oakley Mall last December, declaring criminal charges against three teenagers in San Jose in connection with the incident.
The announcement of the charges and the release of the mall’s security video came more than a month after the third suspect was arrested in San Jose.
Two 19-year-olds, Ulises Jimenez and Paul Lebeau, will face charges of robbery, while their robbery victim, 18-year-old Nylan Hobson Platner, was charged with several counts of attempted murder.
Miraculously, no buyers or workers were injured when Platner opened fire with an automatic pistol in the crowded San Jose mall, spraying bullets on the two men after stealing jewelry from him.
At a press conference on Thursday, police released this report, in a reading from a press release ::
On December 20, 2021 at 5:48 p.m., a robbery and shooting with a strong arm took place inside the Oakridge Mall, 925 Blossom Hill Road, in San Jose, a man later identified as Hobson-Platner walked in the crowded mall with his girlfriend. When two 19-year-old gang members, later identified as Ulysses Jimenez and Paul Lavao, approached Hobson-Platner, grabbed some jewelry from him and fled.
After the robbery, Hobson-Platner pulled out a concealed handgun that police say was illegally modified for full automatic firing, and fired a full automatic weapon at Jimenez and his heart as they ran toward a crowd of shoppers at the mall.
Police said Hobson-Platner fired about 15 bullets at many people shopping at the mall “just five days before Christmas.” Hobson-Platner then fled the mall with his girlfriend. Jimenez and his heart also escaped with the stolen jewelry, according to a police statement.
“We are very, very lucky that no innocent civilians were harmed as a result,” Sergeant. Christian Camarillo of San Jose police said at a news conference on April 14.
Hundreds of shoppers were locked in the mall and vaccinated on the spot while San Jose police responded to numerous reports of an active shooter in the crowded mall. San Jose officers searched every store and hallway, including the Target store inside the Oakridge Mall and the surrounding parking areas. Physical evidence was found from the scene, and later processed by Santa Clara County Crime Lab.
Detectives from the gang investigation unit assigned to the case were able to identify the two gang members who committed the robbery through surveillance footage.
The San Mateo Law Enforcement Officer later identified Hobson-Platner from a previous case and notified the San Jose police. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant from Hobson-Platner at his San Jose residence on Jan. 12 after a brief assault.
Police said search warrants had been obtained and executed in several places, and firearms were found. DNA from Hobson-Platner linked him to evidence found in Oakridge from the date of the shooting. According to police.
On January 25, Jimenez was located and arrested by the San Jose Police Secret Response Unit in San Jose. On March 9, Lavao was arrested by patrol officers in San Jose. Both Jimenez and Labao were jailed in the Santa Clara County Jail for robbery.
The suspect Hobson-Platner was prosecuted for a number of offenses of attempted murder with a firearm, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person and possession of an assault weapon.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Balala No. 4386 of the San Jose Police Gang Investigation Unit at 408-277-3835.