DATE: February 27, 2017
CASE: Carlos Aguirre (Case #10F04114)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Dinah Mielke, Felony Prosecution
Carlos Aguirre was convicted by a jury of carjacking and six counts of robbery. The jury also found true the allegation that Aguirre personally used a firearm on all seven counts.
On January 22, 2010, Carlos Aguirre was armed with a gun and wearing a ski mask when he followed the assistant bank manager into her work at the Bank of America on Folsom Boulevard. Aguirre grabbed her from behind with his arm around her neck, and put the gun to her head. He ordered her and other individuals in the bank to the ground. He then ordered two tellers to give him the money. Both women complied, giving him between $30,000 and $50,000. Customers in the bank each testified that they were afraid they were going to die that day.
Aguirre grabbed his backpack with the money and ran towards the doors with keys he had grabbed from the assistant bank manager. Realizing he had taken her work keys and not her car keys, he went back and demanded car keys from her while still displaying his gun. She complied and Aguirre ran out of the front and to her car. When Aguirre reached her car, he lost the ski mask off the top of his head.
The mask was submitted to the District Attorney’s Crime Lab for DNA analysis. A DNA sample was obtained from the mask, uploaded into the DNA database and matched to Aguirre’s DNA. Cell phone records put Aguirre’s phone in the area of the bank 11 minutes before the robbery took place, and at approximately the same time the day before.
Aguirre has a prior 1997 strike conviction for assault with a firearm with the allegation that he used the firearm during the commission of a felony or attempted felony.
Aguirre faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison. Sentencing is set for March 24, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 40 before the Honorable Raoul Thorbourne.
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