Two San Leandro men suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo Bank, a KFC and a Starbucks are scheduled to appear in Alameda County Superior Court
today on seven counts of robbery each. Edward Lewis, 38, and Christopher Gayden, 30, were arraigned Wednesday and will be back in court today to finalize their legal representation and possibly enter pleas. Lewis was arrested at about 9:15 p.m. Friday after San Leandro police and Alameda County sheriff’s deputies spotted him driving a car in unincorporated San Leandro, San Leandro police Lt. Jeff Tudor said. Lewis had recently been released from probation on a previous conviction for conspiracy to commit robbery, Tudor said. Gayden was arrested by Oakland police at about 3 a.m. Saturday after an officer recognized him from a flier distributed by San Leandro police, Tudor said. Gayden was on parole out of the Los Angeles area at the time and was allegedly armed with a rifle during the robberies, Tudor said. Both suspects have extensive criminal histories for various crimes
including drug sales, assaults, theft and robbery, he said. Tudor said Lewis and Gayden entered a Wells Fargo Bank at 1298 East 14th St. at about 10:20 a.m. on Jan. 10. One jumped over the counter and took cash from several tellers while the other stood in front of the counter with a rifle, according to
Tudor. The pair then fled on foot. Police believe Gayden and Lewis were also responsible for robberies at two other San Leandro businesses — a KFC at 15179 Hesperian Blvd. on Jan. 9 and a Starbucks at 13808 East 14th St. the following day. Lewis, a 6-foot-1-inch, 260-pound man who works as a medical assistant, is in custody in lieu of $1.4 million bail, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Gayden, a 6-foot-2-inch, 250-pound man who is unemployed, is being held in lieu of $350,000 bail.
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