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Police Seek Public Assistance in Bank Robber Identification 

On January 8, 2018, at approximately 1:25 p.m. Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Officers responded to a bank robbery that occurred at U.S. Bank located at 127 N. Santa Cruz Ave. A male suspect approached the bank teller, brandished a folding knife, and demanded an undisclosed amount of monies. The suspect was described as a white male 40 to 50 years old, slender build, wearing sunglasses, a gray and blue hooded flannel top, and yellow rain pants. The suspect was last seen fleeing from the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Police Detectives are currently working with other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to identify the suspect and follow up on any possible investigative leads.

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Police Arrest Suspect Communicating and Exchanging Child Pornography with a Minor

Los Gatos, CA-- The Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department arrested Shahriyar Mohammed Reza, 26 year-old resident of the City of Santa Clara, on charges of unlawful communication with a minor, possession of child pornography, arranging to meet a minor for sex acts, and causing a minor to send harmful matter over the internet.
An investigation revealed that the suspect befriended the minor victim through an online social media communication application. The suspect requested illicit images from the victim and made attempts to meet with the victim to solicit lewd and lascivious conduct. The Department collaborated with resources from the San Jose Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and continued the investigation which lead to the identification of Reza.
On December 7, 2017, Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Detectives, San Jose Police Department ICAC Task Force, and Santa Clara Police Department Officers arrested Reza without incident in front of his residence in the 3700 block of Lillick Drive in Santa Clara, CA. Reza was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for PC 311.11 (A)- Possession of Child Pornography, PC 647.6 (A)(1)- Annoy and Molest a Minor, PC 288.3 (A)- Communicate with a Minor to Commit a Felony, and PC 288.4 (B)- Arranging to Meet a Minor.
Police Detectives are conducting further investigation to determine if there are any additional victims. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department at (408) 354-8600.
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Police Announce Guilty Pleas by Suspects in the 2015 Gehrkens Robbery


In November 2015, the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department initiated an investigation of a robbery that occurred at Gehrkens Fine Jewelers and Design located at 3 N. Santa Cruz Ave. As a result of the investigation, police identified and arrested Jamie Browning, Yvonne Rowland, Fadi Najjar, and Sean McGivern as the involved suspects responsible for the robbery. The suspects were determined to be linked to the involvement in an additional robbery which occurred in the City of San Jose in 2015. 
On November 18, 2016, Jamie Browning pled to one count of robbery.

On March 17, 2017, Yvonne Rowland pled to one count of assault with a deadly weapon, nine counts of robbery, and four counts of false imprisonment. Her sentence awaits a decision determined by the court.
On April 26, 2017, Fadi Najjar and Sean McGivern pled guilty to combined cases from Los Gatos and San Jose. Najjar plead guilty to five counts of false imprisonment, five counts of robbery, and one count of kidnapping in the commission of a robbery. He will be sentenced to fifteen years in prison. Sean McGivern also pled guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of robbery, five counts of false imprisonment, and one count of kidnapping in the commission of a robbery. McGivern will be sentenced to ten years in prison.

The Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department worked extensively on this investigation in conjunction with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, as well as the San Jose Police Department and the Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory.  “This investigation was a great example of the Department’s collaborative efforts, vigilance, and excellent investigative work in bringing criminal suspects to justice,” stated Michael D’Antonio, Interim Chief of Police.

Please contact Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Michael Gadeberg (408) 808-3773, for any additional details pertaining to this investigation.
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