78-year-old woman still in critical condition after beating

A 78-year-old Daly City woman remains in critical condition in a local hospital today after she was brutally attacked during a botched robbery attempt on Jan. 12, a Daly City police lieutenant said.

Lt. Jay Morena said that police are still searching for Jose Perez-Gonzalez, 28, who is suspected of using a metal bar to pry open a rear sliding door of the victim's Serramonte neighborhood home to rob it.

Police believe Perez-Gonzalez, an undocumented immigrant originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, was surprised by the victim when he entered her home and beat her in the face with the pry bar, leaving her “bleeding profusely from massive facial and head trauma,” according to police. The suspect then fled the home through the front door, setting off the silent alarm, and left the scene in the getaway car.

Police responded to the alarm around 3:40 p.m. and found the victim suffering major injuries, police reported.

Investigating officers discovered that Perez-Gonzalez apparently called the victim's home before the robbery pretending to be delivering a package, to determine what time the victim would be out of the home.

Police arrested the getaway driver Juan Carlos Cuellar, a 36-year-old immigrant from El Salvador on Sunday morning after serving him with a search warrant at his home in the 800 block of Hillside Boulevard in Daly City, Morena said. Police were tipped off by a witness who claimed Cuellar had confessed to the crime, Morena said.

Cuellar would not tell police the location of the getaway vehicle, a white 2007 Chevrolet extended-cab pickup truck with license plate No. 8K20092, according to Morena.

Police believe the vehicle may contain physical evidence relating to the robbery attempt.

Both men will face a variety of felony offenses, Morena said, which include attempted murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault of an elderly person resulting in great bodily injury and two counts of residential burglary.

However, Cuellar will not speak with detectives and Perez-Gonzalez remains at large.

“He (Cuellar) got a lawyer the second he was arrested and has refused to say anything,” Morena said.

Police believe that Perez-Gonzalez most recently resided at 971 Sandra Court in South San Francisco, but have searched more of the Bay Area in hopes of finding him.

He is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a black and red “Harley Davidson” motorcycle emblem and black dragon band tattooed on his right arm and may have "Mexico” tattooed in large letters on the inside of his right forearm. In the past he has used the names Antonio Perez, Moses Omar Lopez-Padilla, Jose De Jesus Perez-Gonzalez and Juan Arellano.

A $10,000 reward is being offered by the city of Daly City for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Perez-Gonzalez. Anyone with information is asked to call Daly City police at (650) 991-8119.

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