Armed Robber from Concord Sent to Prison for Crime Spree throughout the Bay Area – The Criminal Was Shot by CPD in 2010

October 10, 2012 16:10 pm · 44 comments

A Concord man, who was shot by Concord Police in 2010, has been sentenced to prison for his role in several armed robberies throughout the Bay Area.

The following information is from the Fremont Police Department:

During the week of September 4, 2010 ten (10) separate armed robberies occurred within the Bay Area by two suspects. Convenience stores in Fremont, Oakland, Milpitas, Hayward, San Jose and Santa Clara were robbed. The suspect would enter the store, point a handgun at the clerk and demand money from the register. The robberies all took place between 4:10 a.m. and 5:50 a.m.

The cases were jointly investigated by the Fremont Police Department Robbery Unit, Oakland Police Department Robbery Unit, San Jose Police Department Robbery Unit and Milpitas Robbery Unit. Physical evidence, surveillance evidence, witness accounts and a ‘Crime Stoppers’ tip linked suspect Bryan Brownwhite (25 year old male; resident of Concord) to the crime as the armed suspect. Further evidence linked suspect Paul Espino (26 year old; resident of Hayward) to the crime as the get-away driver during the robberies.

On September 16, 2012 Brownwhite was arrested by Concord Police Department Officers. Espino (already in San Mateo County custody for a separate armed robbery series) was also arrested for the robbery series. Both suspects were charged in Alameda County and Santa Clara County in connection to the robbery spree.

On October 1, 2012 Espino pled no contest in the robbery series and was sentenced to one year Prison for his involvement in the Alameda County crimes. Espino also sentenced in Santa Clara County for his involvement in the robberies. Further, Espino was also sentenced to two years Prison regarding the un-related robbery series he committed in September 2010 in San Mateo County.

On October 1, 2012 Browhwhite pled guilty to the robbery series in Alameda County. Brownwhite was sentenced to five (5) years in prison for his involvement in the robberies in Alameda County. Brownwhite was also sentenced to six (6) years in prison for his involvement in the Santa Clara County robberies.

EXCLUSIVE CLAYCORD NOTE: Brownwhite was shot by Concord Police Officers in 2010 after showing them a fake gun, which looked very realistic. Click HERE to read that story from a couple of years ago.

JM October 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

(immature snickering at his name)

morock boslama hussien you can call me barry October 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

If I had a son he would look just like brownwhite

JC October 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Really that many years in prison just for robbing a few stores that have insurance? Makes no sense that you get less time for killing someone in your vehicle than than this poor guy who’s just trying to make a living. Just saying times are rough and people are forced to do things like this, not saying its right.

Concord_Born October 10, 2012 at 4:22 PM

So what was the motive…drugs? He didn’t want work for a living? He watched Breaking Bad and needed to raise $$$ for his wife because he had cancer? We throw them in jail but do we ever figure out how to prevent these crimes?

Loss Prevention October 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Their punishment needs to be more severe for the number of robberies they committed. I wonder if they were even charged with an enhancement for using a gun. (doesn’t matter that it was fake) Probably not, since they pled guilty (same as no contest) and most likely worked out a deal with prosecutors. The really messed up thing is they will probably serve their sentences concurrently instead of consecutively. Our system always seems to favor the vermin.

WTF October 10, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Not nearly long enough. Too bad the cops weren’t better shots.

Anon October 10, 2012 at 4:49 PM

HA! Great last name. LOL

IFBB pro big Al October 10, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I guess it’s safe to say that CPD didn’t do the best job at shooting him. Typically if you display a gun, you WILL be shot untill the threat is no longer present. Most guys I know would have at least unloaded a magize plus one in the chamber-typically 16 rounds. Quick side note; it looks good on a resume for an officer have been envolved in a shooting as long as its a good shoot.

Concord74 October 10, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Concord PD need to spend more time at the target range and sharpen their aim!
Fake or real weapon is irrelevant! Call it at the time or you would be on the slab instead of the perp.

cheetabob1 October 10, 2012 at 5:08 PM

looks like needs more time

anon October 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Congratulations to all of those involved in the fine police work and cooperative effort that went into this arrest and conviction. Thank you so much for keeping our communities safe.

PS. Can you imagine the terror these two young men put into the hearts of the cashiers when they pointed their real guns? Clearly these two young men had no regard for the suffering of another person that chose to work hard at an honest job for low wages. Those cashiers are probably supporting a family with their earnings. I wonder what these two young men were supporting with their armed robberies?

AB-109 October 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Some clarification is needed here, is he actually going to State Prison or under sentencing guidelines of AB-109 is he doing time in County Jails?

Howard K Mullins III October 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM

The amount of jail time is disappointing. I did not see the detail but I am taking for granted that all of the terms are to be served at the same time, so his max is 6 years. Being a good boy he’ll be out in 2.

Mark the calendars today, he’ll be robbing his first store 2 years from tonight.

How do we prevent these crimes? Send the criminals far away to where they cannot return and no one will care if they are robbers or not. I vote for Niger.

Shulla October 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I don’t think more chlorine in his gene pool would have helped. Yuk. This mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging troglodyte will get out, re-offend, get out, re-offend……A cost to us all during his lifetime.

Johnny Cash October 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

My daddy left home when I was three
And he didn’t leave much to ma and me
Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
Now, I don’t blame him cause he run and hid
But the meanest thing that he ever did
Was before he left, he went and named me “Brownwhite”.

Mr. Bassman October 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Based on the above we know two things: 1. Concord pd needs to learn how to shoot. 2. JC #3 is an idiot.

Darwin October 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

5 years WTF. California is a sanctuary for criminals. Too bad the gunshot wound was not fatal. He will out in a maximun 2.5 years to victimize someone else.

MikeyV October 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

See ya later, alligator….

Darwin October 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

@Johnny Cash. Great post too funny…

Triple Canopy October 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

A double-tap candidate, Brownwhitey is.

J. October 10, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Brownwhite is Black

dilligafman October 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM

CPD should of fired a warning shot into the base of his skull!!!

Menegene October 10, 2012 at 7:22 PM

#8 – clearly he no longer was a threat at that point. You fire at a moving target and see how well you fare.

Mom October 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

JC – Businesses aren’t insured for the money they are robbed for. That business owner may not be able to pay their bills for a month or more after the robbery. You are so not cool. How would you like it if someone came up and stole your rent and grocery money for the next month? Violent crimes have to serve longer than half of their sentence.

Buh Bye October 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Yeah, I agree that he will be “back in business” in under three years when he is released early for “good behavior.” In the meantime he can enjoy watching tv, dental care, medical, three square meals a day on our dime.

Ancient Mariner October 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I’m glad this young man survived being shot.
I’m glad the officer was more professional than you would have liked him to be, and didn’t unload the whole magazine into him. That’s the kind of cop I want patrolling my neighbourhood.
And I’m glad he was arrested and found guilty and sentenced.
I hope he turns his life around and does something good for himself and all the people around him.

Schmee October 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM


Anon October 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

@Ancient Mariner

You are the last of your kind, and your world is sadly gone.

Triple Canopy October 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM

@Schmee… yeah, I get it. Totally.

Seal October 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM


Dear ancient mariner October 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM

I wish they had shot him enough to let all the cold air in and the warm blood out.

Wait a Minute...!!! October 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM

He was shot by CPD, and he ain’t dead???…c’mon guys, don’t be afraid to empty that clip….!

CN October 11, 2012 at 3:50 AM

I agree with Ancient Mariner because the CPD Officer would have to live with his actions.

Easy to punch a few keys on a keyboard on Claycord but the aftermath lasts forever for the officer involved.

JRConcord October 11, 2012 at 5:58 AM

get back in to your toolbox……

Atticus Thraxx October 11, 2012 at 6:41 AM

40 S&W again proves to be an underwhelming caliber.

anon October 11, 2012 at 7:53 AM

“We throw them in jail but do we ever figure out how to prevent these crimes?”

“I’m glad this young man survived being shot.”

“I hope he turns his lfe around and does something good for himself and all the people around him.”

JET October 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM

is that a comb in his hair?

Anonymous October 11, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Wait a minute. The police shot him in September 2010 and caught him in September 2012? Am I missing something?

PinotNoir Dog October 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

“The robberies all took place between 4:10 a.m. and 5:50 a.m.”

On his way to his paper route?

Anon October 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

If the cops had shot him and killed him, we’d have riots and protests, and his family members saying “he was a good boy, he’d never hurt anybody!” I wish people would make up their minds. Either you want police protection and you want police to take down bad guys or you don’t. Would we rather the cop stands there like a dumbass while a criminal shoots at people or do we want them to do something about it??

Sorry for the rant, it was directed toward Oakland and Richmond.

Randome Task October 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM

yeah so where are the bleding hearts begging for rehabilitation for this guy ….please ….once again armed robbery gets slap on the wrist ….use a weapon to rob someone should be 20 years at hard labor camp and doing community service and 10 years probation …..only way to stop armed robbery is to make it so stupid to do it wont happen accept for a few jokers who wont be doing much laughing when their rep is tainted by them haveing to scoop out the refuse from the water treatment plants and or scrubbing of porta potties …lol rehabilitation for scum by cleaning the scum of our waste ….poetic really

interesting October 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

it seems to me that crimes involving cash are punished more severely than crimes having to do with people taking other people’s lives. it’s interesting that money speaks louder than life.

Ancient Mariner October 11, 2012 at 1:39 PM

@ interesting No. 43:
An interesting point – Jack London described exactly the same thing in his 1903 “People of the Abyss”.

Randome Task October 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

so true ….we tolerate the underachievers to the point of our own demise

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