Butts heads list of key robbery evidence

Robbing a pregnant woman made this crook a nervous wretch.

A San Francisco man chain smoked a half-dozen cigarettes before allegedly sticking up an expectant Daly City bookkeeper at gunpoint last year, prosecutors said. The butts he reportedly left behind will be key evidence should the case goes to trial, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Jose Mauricio Samayoa Jr., 21, is scheduled to appear in a San Mateo County courtroom this morning to confirm a pre-determined jury trial date of June 3.

Samayoa is facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing cash from the 30-year-old woman as she was locking up the front gates of Nick’s Food Alpha-Omega Foods on Station Avenue on April 20 of last year, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

At the time of the incident, the victim was about to head to the bank to deposit the store’s earnings, Wagstaffe said.

“She locked up the store, activated the alarm, and as she was securing the business’ front gate, Samayoa came up from behind, lifted his sweatshirt and displayed a silver revolver in his waistband and demanded the bag of money.”

The suspect fled with the cash, Wagstaffe said, but investigators found six cigarette butts across the street from the crime scene. DNA analysis reportedly confirmed the littered butts were Samayoa’s, and the victim later identified him as the robber.

At the time of the robbery, Samayoa was on parole for a 2010 felony assault with a deadly weapon conviction.



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