A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury on Friday found a reputed gang member guilty of trying to run over a Glendale police officer last year during an armed robbery in North Hollywood, officials said.
David Santos, 19, was convicted of assault on a police officer, six counts of second-degree robbery and one count of attempted second-degree robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Jurors also found that Santos used the gun to commit a crime that benefited a gang in Pacoima.
Santos’ co-defendant, Christopher Morales, 23, pleaded no contest to seven counts of second-degree robbery and one count of attempted second-degree robbery before the trial started, according the district attorney’s office.
The pair was also allegedly responsible for a string of armed robberies between November 2010 and June 2011 in the San Fernando Valley, according to prosecutors.
They were arrested June 21 when two undercover Glendale detectives investigating a separate case witnessed the two men rob and beat another man at about 4:15 p.m. at Sylvan Street and Colfax Avenue.
One of the detectives tried to stop the pair by ramming his police cruiser into their car, police said.
The officer got out and drew his weapon because he thought the two men would flee, police said.
But Santos began reversing the car toward him, prompting the detective to fire, according to a district attorney’s report on the incident. Santos was shot in the left torso.
Santos and Morales are scheduled to return to court Nov. 2 to be sentenced. They each face 45 years in state prison, according to the district attorney’s office.