Yesterday for the first time in almost 4 years the defense attorneys Tony Serra and Maria Belyi for Juan P. Lopez were able to present to Judge Mark Forcum why the Search Warrant obtained by San Mateo County Sheriff Det. Andrew Armando should be quashed. The short version is he lied to Hon. Judge George Miriam in his affidavit for Search Warrant of Juan’s cell phone data. He told the Judge that the contraband cellphone recovered from the jail had received two suspicious calls. The key word here is suspicious, the reason being is Detective Andrew Armando made those two calls to the contraband cellphone himself. He also found two text messages on a different cellphone that had the name “Juan” in them. The cellphone was owned by a Hispanic female, nevertheless Andrew Armando concluded that name “Juan” had to be San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez. DDA Bryan Abanto stood up in court and defended the actions and behavior of Andrew Armando claiming he had probable cause to investigate on that theory. He doesn’t share with Judge Forcum that the Sheriff’s Office and his Office had interviewed the female owner of that cellphone many years ago and she told them ” I don’t know Sheriff Deputy Juan Lopez.” They have been hiding the interview for all this time.
October 17, 2018 Judge Forcum ruling on the motion.
It’s time for the residents of San Mateo County to speak up. Stop the corruption in our courts.
How is San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Andrew Armando still employed?
How is he not investigated and charged with crimes? Look to Carlos Bolanos & Steve Wagstaffe.