Gerardo Yepez-Soto, the final suspect wanted in connection with a robbery outside Wells Fargo Bank Monday (Aug. 1), was arrested in Redwood City Wednesday night by members of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Gang Task Force, Palo Alto police announced.
Palo Alto police issued a multi-jurisdictional bulletin after identifying Yepez-Soto and "within hours" members of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Gang Task Force, who were familiar with him, found him in Redwood City and arrested him, police said in a statement.
In the 11:05 a.m. robbery, a female victim, an employee of McDonald's, was in the process of taking a large cash deposit from the business to the bank at 505 California Ave. in Palo Alto.
As she neared the bank, a male suspect, identified as Ismael Aquino-Flores, 20, of Redwood City, approached her and forcefully removed her purse, which contained several thousand dollars, police said.
Aquino-Flores fled to a waiting green Honda Accord. An associated silver Honda, which was waiting nearby also fled the scene.
A witness at the scene described the two vehicles. Palo Alto police fanned out and quickly caught up to both vehicles.
A detective working undercover spotted the two vehicles on Churchill Avenue. She followed the two cars until additional police units arrived.
Attempting to evade police, the two vehicles split up.
Police stopped the silver Honda Civic at Greer Road and Tulip Lane and arrested Fabian Delgadillo, 21, of Redwood City.
The green Honda Accord was pulled over in Old Palo Alto, near the intersection of Coleridge Avenue and Cowper Street, police Sgt. Wayne Benitez said. Aquino-Flores was taken into custody.
Yepez-Soto, the driver, fled on foot through residential back yards. Police summoned a canine unit and a California Highway Patrol helicopter to the scene to search for Yepez-Soto and had cruisers positioned at major intersections around the neighborhood but were unable to find him Monday night.
Detectives discovered that the three suspects acted together to carry out the robbery. Yepez-Soto worked with the victim at McDonald's and had knowledge regarding when and where cash deposits were to be made, police said.
All of the stolen property was recovered and returned to the victim.