Arrest of Adrian Rosa Colon, Jehovanie Miranda-Reyes, and Juan A. Bauza-Saez
|FBI San Juan March 24, 2014|
SAN JUAN, PR—Special Agent in Charge Carlos Cases of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Juan Division announced the arrest of ADRIAN ROSA-COLON, JEHOVANIE MIRANDA-REYES, and JUAN A. BAUZA-SAEZ. On March 21, 2014, ADRIAN ROSA-COLON, JEHOVANIE MIRANDA-REYES, and JUAN A. BAUZA-SAEZ were taken into custody by the FBI and charged with carjacking.
A federal complaint states that on March 20, 2014, two adults and one minor went to the supermarket Brisas del Toa in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, to purchase groceries. The victims exited the supermarket and began placing groceries into their vehicle. As the victims placed the groceries into their vehicle, ROSA-COLON, MIRANDA-REYES, and BAUZA-SAEZ approached the victims from behind, on foot. ROSA-COLON then placed a weapon, later identified as a black and gray pistol, into the stomach of Victim #1, and demanded her personal belongings and the car. MIRANDA and BAUZA-SAEZ stood beside Victim #2 and Minor Victim, likewise demanding the car from the victims.
The victims surrendered their personal jewelry items, valuables, and car keys to the three subjects. The three subjects then entered the victims’ car and drove away in it, leaving all three victims stranded at the supermarket. The victims immediately reported the crime to bystanders within the supermarket, who notified the Police of Puerto Rico (POPR).
POPR dispatch notified patrol officers in the Toa Alta area of the carjacking, including the description of the vehicle. Approximately 10 minutes after the carjacking, two POPR patrol officers in the vicinity of Toa Alta proceeded on PR-165 towards the Brisas del Toa supermarket. While en route to the supermarket, the officers observed the stolen vehicle being driven on PR-165. The patrol officers notified POPR dispatch that they observed the stolen vehicle and confirmed that it was the stolen vehicle. The POPR officers attempted to stop vehicle, and the subjects driving it refused to stop. The POPR officers initiated pursuit of the stolen vehicle, which traveled towards Dorado on PR-165.
During the POPR pursuit, the stolen vehicle lost control and crashed into a bystander vehicle on PR-165. ROSA-COLON, MIRANDA-REYES, and BAUZA-SAEZ exited the stolen vehicle, and began to flee into a wooded area. The POPR officers observed one of the subjects trip and fall while fleeing. As the subject fell, a weapon dropped from his waistband, later identified as a black and gray plastic/fake pistol, which he left behind.
A POPR helicopter was summoned to aid the search of the wooded area, and ROSA-COLON was apprehended immediately. The POPR patrol officers identified ROSA-COLON as the subject they had seen trip and fall while fleeing from the stolen vehicle, dropping the plastic/fake pistol. MIRANDA-REYES was apprehended by POPR in this wooded area during the early morning hours of March 21, 2014.
In the afternoon of March 21, 2014, BAUZA-SAEZ was turned over to the PRPD Toa Alta Precinct by his father, who informed the officers that his son was the third person involved in the carjacking that occurred the day before.
If convicted, the defendants face up to a maximum of 15 years in prison. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Zenon and is being investigated by the FBI.
The public is reminded that a criminal complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. The U.S. government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.