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Friday, April 19, 2019

San Leandro Resident Pleads Guilty To Robbery Spree

OAKLAND, Calif. – Marty Skyler Guillen pleaded guilty in federal court today to robbery affecting interstate commerce (Hobbs Act robbery), announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.  The plea was accepted by Jon S. Tigar, U.S. District Judge.

According to the plea agreement, Guillen, 22, of San Leandro, admitted that in four days during the month of October 2018, he committed six robberies of stores located throughout the East Bay and Daly City.  Guillen acknowledged that during each robbery, he brandished a BB gun and directed employees of the stores to hand over money or merchandise from the store.  Guillen stole the following items on the following dates:




October 12, 2018

Phone store in Hayward

two new iPhones

October 14, 2018

Phone store in Daly City

two new iPhones

October 24, 2018

Jewelry store in Hayward

three silver chain necklaces

October 24, 2018

Phone store in Oakland

$730.83 from a cash register

October 24, 2018

Phone store in Fremont

$1,000 from a cash register and $100 from an employee

October 25, 2018

Phone store in Castro Valley

$74 from a cash register

On November 29, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted both Guillen and his co-defendant, Elijah Kimani Crowder, 20, of Hayward, charging them with conspiracy to commit robbery affecting interstate commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a), and additional counts of interference with interstate commerce by robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a).  Guillen pleaded guilty to two of the substantive robbery counts but admitted to additional robberies, and agreed to pay restitution for all robberies.  If he complies with the plea agreement, the conspiracy charge and the remaining robbery counts will be dismissed at sentencing.

Judge Tigar scheduled Guillen’s sentencing for August 2, 2019.   The maximum statutory penalties for each violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951 are 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  In addition, the court may order a term of supervised release, restitution, and fines.  However, any sentence following conviction will be imposed by the court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.  

On March 22, 2019, Crowder pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting robbery affecting interstate commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a).  Judge Tigar scheduled Crowder’s sentencing for June 14, 2019.  

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI with the assistance of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, and the Daly City, Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, and San Leandro Police Departments.

Updated April 22, 2019