Police release video of car crashing into Walmart store


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Police are trying to identify people shown in a video of an Easter Sunday incident in which a driver crashed his car into a San Jose Walmart store and then assaulted several victims.

The surveillance video shows the suspect, Seaside resident Haamid Zaid, nearly hitting several people with his car inside the entrance to the store at 777 Story Road in San Jose, according to police.

Investigators with the Police Department’s assault unit would like to speak to the people who were nearly hit, and are asking the public to view the video to see if they recognize them, police said.

Police released a copy of the video today on YouTube. It can be viewed at http://youtu.be/OR2lzdyUEE0.

According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, witnesses reported that at about 11 a.m. on March 31, Zaid drove a 1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass recklessly through a neighborhood in East San Jose and into the parking lot of the Walmart.

Zaid allegedly veered around the crowded lot, barely missing some people, rammed into a car and then crashed through the store’s front glass doors, prosecutors said.

He sped farther into the store, hitting two patrons, then exited the car and started beating at least three people with a blunt metal object, prosecutors said.

Zaid was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose in April on two counts of attempted murder and four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, three of them involving the metal object on three victims and one for allegedly using his car to hurt two others, according to prosecutors.

The complaint also charged Zaid with three counts of hit-and-run, one count of reckless driving and two counts of vandalism, including for causing $65,000 in damage to glass doors and windows at the Walmart.

Prosecutors said that Santiago Medina, Robert Singleton and Juan Rodriguez were injured in the beating and Corina Estrada and Renee Singh suffered injuries from being struck by Zaid’s car.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call the department’s assault unit at (408) 277-4161.

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