One of three armed robbers who stormed into a Redwood City family’s home claiming to be federal cops — even though one of the crooks wore a hat with the word “Sheriff” imprinted on it — was sentenced to 13 years in state prison for the crime Wednesday.
Miguel Angel Valle, 29, pleaded no contest to multiple felony counts related to the March 21, 2010 heist.
Valle and two others, including Brando Martinez, entered the home on Hoover Street around 1 a.m. toting guns, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. They ordered a father and his three sons to the floor. They bound the family in duct tape and demanded to tell them where the money and safe was, Wagstaffe said.
The father led them to the safe. Martinez, who was sentenced for the crime to 14 years state prison on Oct. 4, put a gun to the father’s head and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t open it. Only problem? There was no money in the safe. So Martinez then struck one of the son’s in the head with the gun, demanding money, Wagstaffe said.
The third robber, who remains on the lam, slightly cut a second son’s ear in an effort to locate the cash, the district attorney said.
The robbers heard sirens approaching and fled with some jewelry. Martinez was apprehended nearby. Valle was later apprehended. His fingerprints were found on the duct tape, Wagstaffe said.