Menlo Park man gets nine months for robbery


A Menlo Park man received a sentence of nine months in San Mateo County jail on Monday (Oct. 18) after pleading no contest to robbery charges in connection with a Redwood City incident involving the forcible taking of a gold chain and the intervention of a "Good Samaritan" (the prosecutors' term), who happened to be a witness.

In addition to his jail sentence, Noah Wayne Bennett, 22, agreed to a plea bargain that includes three years of probation, no weapons possession, counseling, random search and seizure, and $310 in fines, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said in a report.

Bennett will receive 102 days credit for time already served in jail. He has been in custody on a bail of $50,000.

Bennett admitted to coming up behind the victim around noon on Aug. 12, 2010, on an El Camino Real sidewalk and yanking a gold chain valued at $700 from off the victim's neck, prosecutors said. Bennett then flagged down and boarded a bus.

Enter the Good Samaritan, a driver who saw what happened, invited the victim into his car, and trailed the bus while calling police, prosecutors said.

Officers from the Redwood City Police Department stopped the bus, detained Bennett and asked both the victim and the Good Samaritan to verify his identity as the robbery suspect, which they did.

Police searched Bennett, found the chain in his pocket and arrested him, prosecutors said. At the time, he was on felony probation for possession of a firearm.

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Posted by EasilyAmused
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on Oct 21, 2010 at 9:04 am

:-) I love the headline missing the word "Man"

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Posted by Resident
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on Oct 21, 2010 at 9:10 am

haha, yes I spotted that too. Editing is not one of PA Weekly's strong points, but poor editing in a headline can give us a good smile when we need one.

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on Oct 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

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My mistake -- it's fixed. Glad it gave you both a little morning chuckle. :-)

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