Police Identify San Jose Restaurant Vandal

April 27, 2020

San Jose police have identified the suspect responsible for vandalizing several Asian-owned businesses in South Bay.

Seven Leaves Cafe. One of several restaurants vandalized by the suspect. Image via San Jose Spotlight

Tai Van Trinh, 42, of Milpitas is wanted for the pre-dawn attacks against several Asian businesses; many located in the Berryessa neighborhood. Authorities concluded the vandalism was not hate-crime related.

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You bash Asian businesses but you drive a Toyota Tacoma and you're Asian? . The San Jose Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a vandalism suspect shown in the embedded video. The suspect is responsible for a string of vandalisms where the suspect smashed several glass door and windows. The incidents occurred at the listed locations on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, between 3:15 AM and 6:00 AM. . Case # 20-113-0095: Lee’s Sandwiches, 2525 S. King Rd., San JoseCase # 20-113-0138: Lee’s Sandwiches, 2471 Berryessa Rd., San JoseCase # 20-113-0148: 7 Leaves Cafe, 1743 Berryessa Rd., San JoseCase # 20-113-0180: Tastea, 1160 N. Capitol Ave., San JoseCase # 20-113-0593: Pho Y #1 Noodle House, 2050 Concourse Dr., San JoseSuspect Description: Asian male adult, 5' 6", 130 lbs, wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants. . Suspect Vehicle: Dark pick-up truck (possibly a Toyota Tacoma) with a chrome tool box in the bed of the truck.Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ryan Wagner of the San Jose Police Department's Burglary Unit at 408-277-4401. . Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867), or click the link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

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Trinh’s vehicle is described as a black 2004 extended cab Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck with Texas license plate HZM3285.

Feature Images via San Jose Police Department

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