A man suspected of driving one of two cars involved in the robbery of a McDonald’s employee in Palo Alto on Monday has been arrested in Redwood City, according to Palo Alto police. Members of the San Mateo County sheriff’s Gang Task Force arrested Gerardo Yepez-Soto, 21, on Wednesday in connection with a robbery in the 500 block of South California Avenue on Monday. Yepez-Soto is believed to be the driver of a silver Honda Civic involved in the robbery. Police said he worked at the McDonald’s with the victim.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday, the McDonald’s employee was on her way from the business to a Wells Fargo bank to make a deposit of several thousand dollars, police said. As she neared the bank, a man walked up to her, grabbed her purse containing the money, and ran to a waiting green Honda Accord. The Accord drove away followed by a silver Honda Civic, and an undercover detective responding to the robbery spotted both cars on Churchill Avenue, police said. The detective followed the cars until additional officers arrived. At one point, the cars went in different directions to evade police. The Civic was eventually pulled over at Greer Road and Tulip Lane.
There, officers arrested 21-year-old Fabian Delgadillo. Officers stopped the Accord in the 500 block of Coleridge Avenue. The driver — believed to be Yepez-Soto — fled, but police arrested the passenger, identified as 20-year-old Ismael Aquino-Flores. Both were booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of conspiracy and robbery. Police searched the neighborhood with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol helicopter but were unable to find the driver of the Accord. The task force spotted Yepez-Soto in Redwood City and arrested him on Wednesday evening, hours after the Palo Alto Police Department issued a regional be-on-the-lookout bulletin for him.
Police said that since Yepez-Soto worked with the victim, he knew when and where she made the cash deposits. All three suspects are residents of Redwood City. The stolen money was recovered and returned to the victim, according to police.
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