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News - May 15, 2013

Menlo Park man found guilty of robbery, grand theft

by Sandy Brundage

A jury found 27-year-old Garry Ronald Darnell guilty of robbery, grand theft, possession of methamphetamine and four other felonies on May 7, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Mr. Darnell was arrested on Oct. 11, 2012, when a car's owner surprised him rummaging through her vehicle that night, the police log reported. The victim confronted the suspect, who was holding her backpack, and got shoved to the ground as he fled.

Menlo Park police arrested him a short while later and said they found methamphetamine in his possession as well as items allegedly stolen during five other automobile burglaries and thefts.

During the trial, Eric Hove, the defendant's lawyer, suggested that police were lying about some circumstances of the case, but apparently did not sway the jury in his client's favor. He was not available for comment.

The court scheduled Mr. Darnell's sentencing for Aug. 2. He remains in custody on $90,000 bail.

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