People v. AlexanderAnnotate this Case
In 2017, appellants were charged with multiple counts of second-degree robbery and one count of receiving stolen property based on a series of robberies in 2012. Farr was also charged with second-degree burglary, making a criminal threat, and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. A San Francisco police officer had reviewed police reports of the crimes and surveillance video of eight of them before arresting the two. Appellants unsuccessfully moved to suppress evidence discovered pursuant to their warrantless arrest. Alexander pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery and admitted a prior conviction for attempted robbery and one prior prison term. Farr pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and admitted four prior prison terms. The trial court sentenced Alexander to 14 years and Farr to 10 years in prison. The court of appeal upheld the denial of the motion to suppress evidence discovered pursuant to their warrantless arrest. The trial court properly admitted the officer’s testimony that the videos helped provide probable cause for appellants’ arrest. The court rejected appellants’ arguments that his testimony constituted hearsay, relied on unauthenticated writings and violated the secondary evidence rule. The officer's information was sufficiently reliable to justify the arrest. The court also rejected challenges to the sentences imposed.