Originally published as a Redwood City Police Department Nixle post –
“On April 22nd, 2021, at approximately 10:27 PM, Redwood City Police Officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Oak Avenue on the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. Officers determined this to be a home invasion robbery after learning the suspects entered the residence with force to commit a robbery of the victim’s property. The robbery began once the male victim answered a knock at the front door.
Once the door was opened the suspects pushed through the open door and immediately shot the male victim with a Taser device that dropped him to the floor. While on the floor, his hands were restrained with plastic zip ties the suspects brought with them. While the male victim was being assaulted by the initial suspects, other suspects rushed past him and ran through the residence looking for the female victim. Once located, she was viciously struck over the head with a handgun causing a massive laceration to her forehead.
Two suspects ransacked the residence looking for valuables and departed taking with them a large safe, a purse and watches. The suspects then loaded their stolen items into a waiting vehicle and fled the scene. The male victim was treated at the scene for his injuries by Redwood City Fire Department and the female was transported to the hospital via ambulance for medical treatment to close a gaping wound to her forehead.
Redwood City Detectives re-canvassed the scene and located several critical pieces of evidence leading to the identification of four suspects. Detectives conducted surveillance on the suspect’s residences for several weeks and obtained search and arrest warrants for each of the suspects.
On Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, with the assistance of SWAT teams from the Sacramento Police Department, the Folsom Police Department, the Elk Grove Police Department, and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Redwood City Detectives executed search and arrest warrants and were able to take three of the four suspects into custody without incident.
The following suspects were arrested and booked into the San Mateo County for armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, assault with serious bodily injury, and exhibiting a firearm: Joshua Plancartte (32 years-old), Edgar Adrian Romo (19 years-old), and Edgar Flores Villesenor (30 years-old). The fourth suspect has not been apprehended and is currently outstanding.
Detectives seized an AR-15 rifle, a bolt action rifle, a Kahr Arms 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a 1911 .45 Colt semi-automatic pistol, numerous Glock gun parts, .223 and .45 caliber ammunition, and additional evidence, including body armor and US currency, linking the suspects to the crimes, during the execution of the search warrants.
On September 7, 2021, the US Marshal Service (USMS) Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force located the outstanding suspect, identified as Cristian Gutierrez (31), in Tehama County. He was arrested and booked into the Tehama County Jail for the active arrest warrant. On September 10, 2021, Suspect Gutierrez was transported to the San Mateo County Jail.