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Nine Men Sentenced For Series of Armed Robberies

Police said the group was involved in robberies of 7 Eleven stores and Wing Stop restaurants throughout southern Alameda County and a robbery in Milpitas.

Nine Newark residents have been sentenced for charges they faced related to a series of armed robberies throughout southern Alameda County and Milpitas, police said.

Eight of the men arrested pleaded no contest to charges they faced, according to Fremont police.

Police said the men were involved in 15 separate robberies of 7 Eleven stores, Wing Stop restaurants and gas stations in the cities of Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, San Leandro and Milpitas between July 12, 2011 and August 22, 2011.

The group of men are also said to be responsible for a home burglary in Newark and an armed robbery of a victim near a Bank of America in Fremont, police said.

The men were identified as:

  • Keirsten Brown, 18, of Newark
  • Vincent Castillo, 22, of Newark
  • Andrew Heilman, 18, of Newark
  • Omare Murphy, 18, of Newark
  • Roger Perez, 18, of Newark
  • Christopher Phillips, 20, of Newark
  • Antonio Reza, 19, of Newark
  • Walter Simmons, 19, of Newark
  • Orlando Zendejas, 18, of Newark

Police said all nine suspects were charged in connection to the series of robberies in September 2011 and that every suspect except Simmons pleaded no contest before the start of their trial.

Heilman, Perez, Murphy and Zendejas received sentences ranging from three to 14 years in state prison, and Fremont police said the four men were also facing robbery charges in connection to an incident in Milpitas.

Authorities said Brown, Castillo, Phillips and Reza are serving out their sentences in county jail.

Simmons pleaded not guilty but during a trial held in October 2012, Simmons was found guilty of "robbery, attempted robbery, accessory to robbery with a use of firearm enhancement," Fremont police said. Simmons was sentenced Monday to 10 years in state prison, police said.

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Paul Davis December 05, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Use a GUN... Go to PRISON... FOREVER !!!
Frank Mockery December 05, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I'm sure these young punks will make their "hardened" cellmates quite happy,while their "friends" keep their girlfriends happy for the next ten years or so - ha,ha,ha !!! One can only imagine the horrors awaiting these frightened young men behind prison walls with suicide being their only alternative to years & years of abuse at the hands of their fellow inmates ! Too bad these little gangsters didn't give this much thought before shoving their guns in the faces of their innocent victims,because karma is a bitch & now so are they !
Ken Briggs December 05, 2012 at 11:25 PM
keep them all in jail for two years and have them repay all funds and broken stuff be repaid and kick them out of the county . we just do not need trash like this around . but why do we tax payers got to pay for the keep ? make them pay for the time they spend in jail .
Artie December 06, 2012 at 05:38 AM
They'll be asking Santa for a tube of KY this year.
Ken Briggs December 12, 2012 at 07:13 PM
after prison time ,lets hope they learn a trade so they can get a job and pay back what they stold .

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