PEOPLE V. CHRISTOPHER WARE

On February 18, 2021, a jury found defendant Christopher Ware guilty of second degree robbery with personal use of a firearm, an additional second degree robbery, identity theft, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, and several other firearms and ammunition offenses.

At 6:30pm on July 10, 2020, the defendant and his girlfriend, Dashantay Walker, followed the victim (a 76 year old Filipino woman) from an In-N-Out in East Oakland to her home in Piedmont in the defendant’s white Lexus RX300. When the victim parked in front of her house, the defendant forced her driver’s door open and robbed her at gunpoint. The defendant fled the area in his white Lexus RX300, and within an hour the victim’s credit card was used at a Target in San Leandro. Although the victim was unable to identify the defendant because he was wearing a COVID-19 mask, she was she was able to describe some of his physical characteristics, his clothing, his vehicle, and several distinctive red markings on the handgun he used. Also, City of Piedmont license plate readers and public safety cameras recorded the defendant’s vehicle driving behind the victim into Piedmont city limits minutes before the robbery. Surveillance from the In-N-Out and Target parking lots recorded the defendant’s Lexus and Walker, who was wearing distinctive clothing.

Two weeks later, at 1:00pm on July 25, 2020, the defendant robbed another victim (a 43 year old Filipino woman) in the parking lot of a San Lorenzo grocery store. The defendant ran up behind the victim as she was attempting to get in her car, knocked her to the ground, and ripped her purse from her arm. The victim was unable to positively identify the defendant, but described his distinctive face tattoo and also told Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies that he got into a white Lexus RX300 and sped away.

At 10:45am on July 31, 2020, Oakland Police Department officers saw the defendant and Walker on Douglas Avenue in Oakland. Walker was wearing the same distinctive clothing from the In-N-Out and Target surveillance. Officers watched the defendant get into the driver’s seat of his white Lexus RX300 and detained him before he could drive away. Officers found an unregistered and loaded black Smith & Wesson .45 caliber handgun next to the driver’s seat. The handgun had multiple distinctive red markings on it consistent with what the Piedmont victim described. Officers also seized the defendant’s cellular phone. Data from the phone for July 10, 2020 placed it in East Oakland while the victim was there, along the freeways she used to get home to Piedmont, near her residence at the time of the robbery, and then at the Target store when her card was used. Data from the phone for July 25, 2020 also placed it in the area of the San Lorenzo grocery store at the time of that robbery. The case against Walker remains pending.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Adam McConney with assistance from DA Inspector Caesar Basa, Piedmont Police Department lead detectives Jeff Spranza and John Lagios, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office detective Roland Chevalier, San Jose Police Department detective Gerardo Silva, Solano County Sheriff’s Office detective Christopher Cavazos, and Berkeley Police Department Sergeant Andres Bejarano.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 18th, 2021.

Posted on Feb 22, 2021