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Martinez Police Department
Tuesday November 2nd, 2010 :: 03:31 p.m. PDT


MPD identified suspect, Gabriel Smith, 26 of Folsom, CA for the September 8, 2010, West America Bank robbery

TO: All Media Agencies
FROM: Martinez Police Department
CONTACT: Commander Gary Peterson (925) 372-3448
Administrative Services Division

Detective Sergeant Jon Sylvia (925) 372-3450

DATE: November 2, 2010
SUBJECT: Bank Robbery Suspect Held
On September 8, 2010 at approximately 3:12 p.m., Martinez police officers responded to West America Bank located at 590 Center Avenue in Martinez to investigate a bank robbery in progress. When the first unit arrived at 3:14 p.m. the suspect had already left the scene. The suspect was described to officers as a white male in his mid-20, 5’6”, and short brown hair displaying a black handgun. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

MPD Investigators obtained surveillance tapes inside the bank and developed still images of the suspected robber. Through the investigation, Martinez detectives learned that the suspect possibly committed a bank robbery the previous week in Lafayette.

MPD Investigators worked with Lafayette PD investigators and identified suspect, Gabriel Smith, 26 of Folsom, CA.

On October 26, 2010, Gabriel Smith was arrested by San Francisco PD on unrelated charges. Martinez PD and Lafayette PD detectives subsequently presented their cases jointly to the Contra Costa DA’s Office. Smith was charged with various counts related to the two robberies.

On November 2, 2010, Martinez PD detectives booked Smith into the Main Detention Facility in Martinez pursuant to the charges related to the two robberies.

The FBI is also investigating a link between Smith and an additional robbery that occurred on September 2, 2010 in Auburn. Smith is currently being held in lieu of $305,000 bail.

Martinez Police Department
525 Henrietta St
Martinez, CA 94553

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 925-372-3440

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