San Jose Man At Center Of Disturbance Later Stole Car, Led Officers On Chase, Police Say

After police left the scene of a family disturbance that resulted in the closure of a busy city street, a man who refused to exit the home allegedly stole a neighbor’s car and led officers on a pursuit from San Joaquin County to San Francisco, according to San Jose police.

San Jose police say the man went to a neighbor’s home at 9 p.m. Tuesday and, after a woman opened the front door, forced his way inside. Police say the man threatened to kill the woman if she did not give him the car keys. He grabbed the keys from her hand and drove away in her car.

The car was spotted by a San Joaquin sheriff’s deputy, who pursued the stolen vehicle, according to San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia. Eventually, the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit and arrested the man in San Francisco.

At about 1:17 a.m. Wednesday, San Jose police went to the CHP Redwood City substation and took the man into custody. The man, James Italiano, 31, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of robbery, burglary, criminal threats and auto theft.

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