SAN JOSE — A man has been charged with fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend last week outside the San Jose salon where she worked, touching off a manhunt that ended with his arrest the next morning just shy of the Mexican border.
Jose Rosas, 36, appeared Wednesday in a San Jose courtroom, where he was arraigned on murder, attempted murder, assault and carjacking charges in connection with a violent sequence that unfolded the night of Sept. 1.
Authorities say Rosas shot the woman and another man — who survived — then carjacked his friend and drove nearly 500 miles to San Ysidro, a district of San Diego located across from Tijuana.
Rosas was arrested about nine hours after the shooting by San Diego-based California Highway Patrol officers, who were alerted to Rosas’ possible flight and stopped him about 100 yards from the Port of Entry between the two nations.
On Wednesday, Judge Johnny Gogo issued a protective order for the surviving shooting victim, and remanded Rosas to the Santa Clara County Main Jail without bail.
Court records show that the woman who was killed, 27-year-old Susana Hernandez Paulino, had previously been issued a protective order against Rosas. Before receiving the order, she reported to police that in late May, Rosas repeatedly assaulted her in the room they shared on South 10th Street, and physically prevented her from leaving.
Police and court records show Rosas was the subject of an arrest warrant for related corporal injury and false imprisonment charges at the time of the shooting; friends of Hernandez told KTVU and Univision that they feared he would continue to harm her.
Hernandez immigrated to the United States in the past year and is survived by two young children in Mexico, her friends told the news stations.
The shooting was reported at 10:31 p.m. Sept. 1 in the parking lot of a beauty salon on East William Street near McLaughlin Avenue where Hernandez had worked. Moments earlier, Hernandez was standing outside with her new boyfriend and three friends when Rosas drove up to the lot, according to an investigative summary attached to the criminal charges.
Then, in an encounter captured in part on surveillance video, Rosas got out of his car in his bare feet, which police contend was on purpose so that he could not be heard approaching the group. He was reportedly heard saying, “I’m going to kill you two dogs” at Hernandez and her boyfriend before opening fire on the group.
As everyone else ran for cover, police wrote that Rosas chased Hernandez and shot her twice, then assaulted her with his feet and a gun as she lay on the ground. He reportedly fired at the group again before fleeing.
Hernandez died at the scene. Her boyfriend was hit in the leg; police said a doctor credited a responding officer’s swift application of a tourniquet for preventing the man from bleeding to death.
Rosas allegedly went home afterward, confronted his friend and demanded his car; when the friend refused, Rosas punched him in the face, knocking out his tooth, and took off in the car.
The murder count against Rosas is accompanied by charging enhancements based on allegations that he was lying in wait and used a firearm. He was also charged with four counts of assault with a firearm: One for his alleged post-shooting attack on Hernandez, and three related to the friends of the couple who were present.
Rosas is scheduled to return to court Dec. 12.