October 16, 2012 > Convenience store armed robbery suspects arrested
Convenience store armed robbery suspects arrested
Submitted By Fremont PD
During the week of September 4, 2010, ten (10) separate armed robberies occurred within the Bay Area by two suspects. Convenience stores in Fremont, Oakland, Milpitas, Hayward, San Jose and Santa Clara were robbed. The suspect would enter the store, point a handgun at the clerk and demand money from the register. The robberies all took place between 4:10 a.m. and 5:50 a.m.
The cases were jointly investigated by the Fremont Police Department Robbery Unit, Oakland Police Department Robbery Unit, San Jose Police Department Robbery Unit and Milpitas Robbery Unit. Physical evidence, surveillance evidence, witness accounts and a 'Crime Stoppers' tip linked suspect Bryan Brownwhite (25 year old male; resident of Concord) to the crime as the armed suspect. Further evidence linked suspect Paul Espino (26 year old; resident of Hayward) to the crime as the get-away driver during the robberies.
On September 16, 2012 Brownwhite was arrested by Concord Police Department Officers. Espino (already in San Mateo County custody for a separate armed robbery series) was also arrested for the robbery series. Both suspects were charged in Alameda County and Santa Clara County in connection to the robbery spree.
On October 1, 2012, Espino pled no contest in the robbery series and was sentenced to one year Prison for his involvement in the Alameda County crimes. Espino also sentenced in Santa Clara County for his involvement in the Santa Clara County robberies. Further, Espino was also sentenced to two years Prison regarding the un-related robbery series he committed in September 2010 in San Mateo County.
On October 1, 2012 Browhwhite pled guilty to the robbery series in Alameda County. Brownwhite was sentenced to five (5) years in prison for his involvement in the robberies in Alameda County. Brownwhite was also sentenced to six (6) years in prison for his involvement in the Santa Clara County robberies.