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Arrest made after officer, spectator injured in sideshow near Santana Row in San Jose

PIX Now - Morning Edition 6/17/24
PIX Now - Morning Edition 6/17/24 10:53

SAN JOSE – Police in San Jose announced at least one arrest following a sideshow near Santana Row over the weekend, in which a crowd turned unruly and two people were injured, including a police officer.

The incident took place on Winchester Boulevard around 7 p.m. on Saturday. San Jose police said a reserve officer in the area was flagged down about a person being struck by a driver taking part in the sideshow.

When the officer tried to assist, spectators damaged the officer's patrol car and prevented him from providing aid to the injured spectator, police said. The officer was slightly hurt.

Police said the crowd dispersed before additional officers arrived.

"This conduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our city," Acting Police Chief Paul Joseph said in a statement Sunday. "To see one of our officers attacked by an out of control mob while in the process of trying to help a seriously injured person is truly deplorable!" 

Joseph added that the department would "expend every effort to identify and apprehend all involved."

In an update Monday afternoon, police announced the arrest of 24-year-old Aidan Rehault in connection with the sideshow. Police allege Rheault was the driver who struck the spectator with his vehicle.

Rheault was booked into jail on suspicion of felony hit and run and felony reckless driving.

Police said they are continuing to search for suspects in the officer assault and the vandalism of the patrol vehicle.

"Our message is loud and clear – these dangerous sideshows have no place in our city and we will continue to expend every effort until all those responsible are held accountable," the department said in a social media post, which also featured pictures of the Rheault being taken into custody and his vehicle being towed.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the San Jose Police Department.

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