Jury trial set for suspect in poorly researched robbery 

Violent crooks stormed into a Redwood City home calling themselves federal police officers — even though one wore a hat that said “Sheriff” on it — and demanded wads of cash that did not exist, prosecutors said.

One of three suspects is facing a jury trial for the March incident in which armed thugs failed to research whether the home they invaded while toting guns had enough loot to make the robbery worthwhile.

They allegedly terrorized a father and three sons at their Hoover Street home, ordering them to the floor, binding them with duct tape and threatening to kill them if they didn’t open their safe — which was empty — San Mateo County prosecutors said.

“As the father told them, [there was] no money inside,” they said.

After one son was clubbed over the head with a gun and another son’s ear was slightly cut during the attack, a third son was able to escape and call police. When the robbers heard sirens approaching, they fled, grabbing some jewelry on their way out, but one of them — Brando Martinez — was captured nearby, prosecutors said.

Martinez was the alleged aggressor that stuck the gun to the father’s head and demanded that he open the safe, they said.

The jury trial is set for Oct. 4. Martinez remains in custody on $1 million bail, prosecutors said.


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