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Couple Arrested after Failed Carjacking

A San Jose man and Gilroy woman were taken to jail after a bizarre incident in Morgan Hill.

A San Jose man who entered a vehicle that was parked in a Home Depot parking lot in Morgan Hill with a sleeping driver inside earlier this week has been arrested, according to police.

Morgan Hill officers were dispatched on a report of suspicious activity at the Home Depot at 860 E. Dunne Ave. on Wednesday, police said today.

When they arrived, the officers say they were told that while the victim was sleeping inside with the key in the ignition, Brian Lowery, 35, entered the vehicle.

When the victim told Lowery to get out, the suspect allegedly told the victim he was hiding from police.

Lowery got out and was last seen meeting up with a 28-year-old Gilroy woman, Monica Meledrez, police said.

Within minutes, both Meledrez and Lowery were detained nearby.

Police say they determined Lowery had a shaved ignition key and was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Meledrez was also allegedly under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of a stolen property from a prior Gilroy burglary. Both suspects were arrested.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Morgan Hill Police Department at (408) 779-2101 or the anonymous tip line at
(408) 947-STOP.

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celeste lowery April 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM
I believe this to be slander. He (Brian) was not arrested for carjacking nor charged with carjacking or any attempt. Certainly You do not know his (Brians) intent why would you print that.
Brian April 29, 2013 at 05:56 AM
Ugg.... Brian's an old friend of mine. We all have our demons .. me included. I hope Brian pulls his life together this time. He was doing so great until recently. I haven't given up on him...
skonkafree April 29, 2013 at 09:56 AM
i know brian and have known him to be a smart individual that wouldnt go and do all that stated. funny how even on the news people feed lies to get what they want. you need to see that all the good people whom make or could make a difference are in jail for half of the people that are pointless to have on streets. look again my recyclables are gone people need to stop stealing take these weirdos off streets instead
Rawrikins April 30, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Um, if anyone knows him or not....1) There may be more than one Brian Lowery's in the area...Lowery's are in SJ, Gilroy, MH, etc.....2) Matters not of what the intent was, the car was opened when the owner was in it. They gave statement to tell them to get out. I don't know about anyone else, but if I say get the hell out, that means get the hell out.
GE GE May 14, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Can you not read Celeste. It says FAILED carjacking. In other words, he didn't get away with it, but he would have had the own not been in the back seat...gees...

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