A Hayward man accused of armed robberies in South Lake Tahoe in November has been convicted by an El Dorado County jury following a three-day trial.
Adam James Sanford was found guilty of two counts of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery and four counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm. He also was convicted of special allegations of use and discharge of a firearm, and use of a deadly weapon in commission of a robbery, according to a El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office news release.
On Nov. 13, Sanford approached two men in the parking lot of the CVS pharmacy at 3471 Lake Tahoe Blvd., brandished a gun and a knife, and threatened to shoot and stab the men unless they gave him money, authorities said. Sanford took a wallet from one victim and fled to the Beach Retreat Hotel at 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd. There he brandished a gun and knife and demanded money from two other people at an art exhibit. He took money from one of the victims, then fired a round from his handgun into the air before fleeing, authorities said.
Sanford subsequently was arrested by South Lake Tahoe police officers.
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He is to be sentenced April 18 by El Dorado Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury.