News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

3/18/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 0220150318
Subject :

Gaming Console Robbery Solved, Second Suspect Arrested
Contact : Brian Philip, Detective Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
suspect sketchbooking photo
Detectives have arrested the outstanding suspect who committed an armed robbery at Fry's Electronics in late January and stole gaming consoles. 

On Monday, February 23, 2015, detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department learned that on February 10, officers from the San Leandro Police Department had arrested 30-year-old David Gandara of Hayward for multiple weapons and narcotics-related offenses.  At the time of his arrest, Gandara was found in possession of multiple loaded firearms. 

Through follow-up investigation, detectives identified Gandara as the outstanding suspect from the armed robbery at Fry’s Electronics at 340 Portage Avenue on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 28, 2015.  Gandara and his partner, 24-year-old Jason Fayad of Hayward (who was arrested by our detectives on February 4 and who has since been charged with robbery and commercial burglary, both felonies), ran out of the store after stealing three gaming consoles valued at about $1200.  When a loss prevention employee attempted to stop them, Gandara pulled a handgun and pointed it at the victim to facilitate their escape.  The victim was not injured.

Detectives worked with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and obtained an arrest warrant charging Gandara with one count of armed robbery and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm (both felonies).  Police served the arrest warrant on Gandara while he was still in custody at the Alameda County Main Jail on Thursday, March 12, 2015.  The booking photograph of Gandara (from his arrest by the San Leandro Police Department on February 10) is attached to this release.  The suspect sketch generated at the time of the Fry’s armed robbery is also attached.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips may also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.





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