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Redwood City home invaders imprisoned
December 10, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Jovanni Martinez

Two 22-year-old men convicted of robbing a 79-year-old woman living in a Redwood City pastor’s house earlier this year were sentenced to four years and seven years in prison, respectively, for home invasion robbery.

Jovanni Aguilar Martinez received a four-year term with credit of 348 days while Luis Martinez Trujillo received a seven-year stint with credit of 324 days.

Both men pleaded no contest on different August days to one count of home invasion robbery and admitted using a gun and committing a crime against an elderly victim. The negotiated plea deal spared them trial on other charges like kidnapping.

The incident happened Feb. 7 just before noon when police responded to the 900 block of 10th Avenue on the report of a robbery in progress. The victim told authorities a female she recognized from the church came to her residence on Feb. 7 and left after a brief interaction. Shortly later, two hooded men armed with a semi-automatic pistol arrived and pointed the weapon at her head. A man later identified as Martinez gathered up property in a pillow case and, after approximately an hour of pointing the weapon at the woman, moved her 25 feet to a separate bedroom and closed the door. The woman called her daughter who contacted police and Martinez was caught trying to leave. Officers also identified the other two who were later tracked to Mexicali, Mexico, and arrested.

The girl was never charged in the case.

Trujillo has been in custody in lieu of $35,000 bail and Martinez held on $100,000 bail.

They both also return to court Jan. 10 for a restitution hearing.



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