A 34-year-old man who was arrested in February after a violent altercation with Palo Alto officers has been charged with a murder that took place in San Jose just hours earlier.
Ryan Goodson, a 34-year-old transient from Fresno, was arrested on Feb. 6 after a foot chase and struggle with Palo Alto police on Lytton Avenue, near Emerson Street. Officers tried to detain him after receiving several calls from downtown residents about a man jumping over backyard fences and, at one point, jumping through a glass storefront at Da Hookah Spot on University Avenue. During the fight with officers, Goodson reportedly ripped a gun out of an officer's belt, pointed it at the officer and tried to pull the trigger. The gun wouldn't fire because Goodson couldn't take it out of the holster.
Palo Alto police ultimately restrained him using a Taser and a leg-immobilization device. On March 26, Goodson pleaded no contest to numerous charges stemming from the scuffle. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office handed down a recommended eight-year sentence.
Now, he is also being charged with taking part in San Jose's fifth homicide of the year, which occurred shortly after midnight on Feb. 6 on South Market Street. San Jose police have identified Goodson as the suspect in the stabbing death of Jason Rosario, 26, a homeless man. The stabbing occurred less than 15 hours before Goodson's arrest in Palo Alto.
According to San Jose police, officers received a call about the stabbing at about 12:20 a.m. that day and arrived on scene to find an adult male with at least one stab wound. The man was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.
In a statement Thursday, San Jose police Lt. Michael Kihmm recognized officers who responded to the initial crime scene for preserving evidence that was "crucial in the identification of the suspect" and that "resulted in building a solid case."
"This is especially notable because the homicide occurred in the middle of night and during a heavy rainstorm," Kihmm said.