Two suspects found guilty for armed robbery cases
The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office has released the results in a pair of robbery trials that concluded this week.
The cases were unrelated, but both cases involved an armed robbery in local convenience stores.
In both cases, the defendants entered the businesses, held the store clerks at gunpoint and demanded money from the register.
Surveillance footage assisted in identifying the suspects, who were quickly apprehended by officers with the Reno and Sparks Police Departments.
32-year-old, Christopher Steven Sakadales, was found guilty on one count of Robbery with the Use of a Deadly Weapon, one count of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.
Sakadales was arrested on January 12 by the Sparks Police Department after patrol officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Citi Mart convenience store on Prater Way in Sparks.
Sakadales was arrested and this office filed formal criminal charges against him.
Seakales faces up to 30 years in prison and up to an additional 15 year sentence for the deadly weapon enhancement.
24-year-old, Damien Jamal Walker, was found guilty on one count of Robbery with the Use of a Deadly Weapon and one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.
Walker was arrested on November 2017 after the Reno Police Department was dispatched to an armed robbery of the Valero Gas Station on West Second Street in Reno.
When RPD officers arrived, the store clerk was able to provide a description of the suspect who had pointed a gun at him and robbed the store of less than $100.00 in cash.
Surveillance footage was also collected and RPD Regional Gang Unit detectives assisted in identifying Walker and arresting him a short time later.
When interviewed Walker admitted to the robbery and claimed to have thrown the gun into the Truckee River.
Walker is set for sentencing on October 3, 2018 and faces up to 21 years in prison and up to an additional 15 year sentence for the deadly weapon enhancement.