Second suspect in armed robbery at Fry's Electronics arrested


A Hayward man who allegedly committed an armed robbery at Fry's Electronics in Palo Alto in late January, stealing gaming consoles, has been arrested, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

On Feb. 23, detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department learned that San Leandro police officers arrested David Gandara, 30, of Hayward for multiple weapons and narcotics-related offenses on Feb. 10. At the time of his arrest, Gandara was also found in possession of multiple loaded firearms, police said.

Detectives identified Gandara as the second suspect in an armed robbery at Fry's, at 340 Portage Ave., on Jan. 28. Gandara and his partner, Jason Fayad, 24, of Hayward, ran out of the electronics store after allegedly stealing three gaming consoles valued at about $1,200. When a Fry's employee attempted to stop them, Gandara allegedly pulled a handgun and pointed it at the worker, who backed away, police said. The two men ran outside. The employee was not injured.

Fayad was arrested on Feb. 4 and charged with felony robbery and commercial burglary.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant from the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office charging Gandara with one count of felony armed robbery and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, also a felony. Police served the arrest warrant while he was still in custody at the Alameda County Main Jail on March 12.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

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2 people like this
Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 19, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Gethin is a registered user.

Good job by the PD!

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Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm

It would have been interesting if the following information would have been included in this article:
1.) Did either or both of these suspects/felons have any gang connections?
2.) Were either or both of these suspects/felons part of the "early release" program that was intended to reduce California's prison population?
Why? Because there has been an uptick in gang activity in E. MP, E. PA and E. RC. In addition, there has been a significant uptick in burglaries and crimes of opportunity in PA, Cupertino, MP and other neighboring communities. Just wondering.

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Posted by Edgarpoet
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

Now these 2 fine upstanding citizens can be supported by us, the taxpayers
for the next 20 years at a cost of $ 43,000 per year ( each) That is
a total of $ 1,720,000.00 to incarcerate these 2 men.
That is one million seven hundred twenty thousand dollars!!!

Are they gang members, well probably, look at his tattoos.
Will they be fins upstanding members of our society, well probably not.
And will they do some worse things after they are "rehabilitated" ?
Well, probably YES!
Are they illegals? You guess it.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 20, 2015 at 8:27 pm

I wish that there was something that could be done that would make thugs like this think twice before they commit their selfish acts.

Personally, I think that prisons are far too kind to felons who are convicted for violent or potentially violent crimes (such as murder, assault, rape or armed robbery). Inmates who are in for long sentences should be "reeducated" away from their thuggery. The cells should be hell holes in which thugs rarely see the light of day. Certain "privileges" -- such as communication over payphones, commissary purchases, television, radio, etc... -- should be privileges that are EARNED through hard work and good behavior. A single violation should result in losing ALL privileges that were earned previously.

Something needs to be done. Prisons paid for by taxpayers are too good for mindless wastes of carbon like this.

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