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Man pleads 'no contest' to robbery spree

Oakland man drove vehicle involved in nine armed robberies

A 25-year-old Oakland man charged in nine robberies committed in a single day, including one each in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, pleaded no contest on Friday.

Daray Antwan Mose received a sentence of four years for the East Palo Alto and Menlo Park crimes, which is to be served consecutively to a 15-year state prison sentence he received for robberies in Alameda County, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said.

Mose faced charges of two counts of robbery, one count of robbery with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and assault likely to cause great bodily injury. Conviction on all charges would have garnered about nine-and-a-half to more than 23 years in prison, according to state penal codes.

Under a deal with prosecutors he pleaded no contest to felony robbery and admitted to a serious felony or "strike" allegation, an armed-with-a-firearm allegation, a prior felony-strike conviction and a probation ineligibility allegation. He must also pay restitution of $40 and $1,910 to the two people he robbed.

Mose drove a juvenile to East Palo Alto on July 28, 2016, in a white Dodge Grand Caravan. Prosecutors said the boy allegedly approached a 73-year-old man, brandished a pistol and demanded money. The youth allegedly pistol-whipped the elderly man in the head when he said he had no money, causing him to fall to the ground. The boy took the man's wallet, and he and Mose drove away, the District Attorney's Office said.

Mose and the boy allegedly then drove to Menlo Park where he exited the van and allegedly pointed a handgun at a man, demanding money. The man surrendered his cash, and the youth allegedly demanded his cellphone. When the man said that he needed the phone for work, the boy allegedly stated, "If you don't give me the phone, I'll clock you." The victim gave up the phone, but he was able to take down the license plate number, according to the District Attorney's Office.

That same day, Mose and the youth allegedly committed seven more armed robberies in Fremont, Hayward and Newark. Police arrested them after chasing their vehicle later that day. Mose crashed the van during the police pursuit and fled; the boy was arrested in the vehicle. Police found a loaded gun near his feet, the District Attorney's Office said. Officers also found credit cards in the van belonging to the elderly East Palo Alto man.

Information about the disposition of the boy's case is not available because he is a juvenile.

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