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People v Damari Mathews

On July 27, 2015, a jury found defendant Damari Mathews guilty of second degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon with priors and carrying a loaded firearm on one's person within a city.

On September 21, 2013, around 5:30pm, the victim went for a walk near his house in San Leandro with his three year old grandson and his dog. The victim, Guo Qiang Wu, a 61-year-old non-English speaker, walked past a vehicle with two males inside. He turned the corner and noticed the two males (one of them being Defendant Mathews) following him on foot.

Defendant Mathews and his accomplice approached the victim and said something in English that the victim could not understand. Both men pulled out guns, and the victim realized he was being robbed. He handed over $38 in cash. The men searched through the victim's pockets, taking his address book and bus pass. Defendant Mathews pistol whipped the elderly man.

As Defendant Mathews and accomplice fled down the street, the victim and several other residents heard a gunshot followed by someone crying out in pain. The nearby residents saw Defendant Mathews limping down the street with a gun in his hand. Defendant Mathews climbed into a waiting getaway car and left the area.

Approximately ten minutes later, Defendant Mathews was dropped off at Highland Hospital in Oakland by a car that appeared to be the same getaway car. The driver of the car immediately left the Hospital and did not return. Defendant Mathews was admitted into the emergency room with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his scrotum and right leg. San Leandro Police arrested Defendant Mathews at a short time later at Highland Hospital.

On September 24, 2015, Defendant Damari Mathews was sentenced to 13 years in state prison. The case was prosecuted by Chris Cavagnaro with assistance from Victim-Witness Advocate Rhoden Briones.

(Docket #H55569)

Posted on Sep 25, 2015