Suspect Sentenced for Local Robbery Spree


On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Superior Court Judge James Cramer sentenced Richard Joseph Lachaux, 27, to 18 years in prison for his involvement in a robbery spree on June 12, 2016, in Alameda. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (DA) had charged Lachaux, with 13 felonies related to his escapade: two counts of first-degree ATM robbery; four counts of second-degree robbery and four counts of attempted second-degree robbery. The DA added one count each of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and evading a police officer to the list.

The charges stem from Lachaux’ spree in Alameda that involved robbing customers at a Walgreens at South Shore Center, at a nearby Wells Fargo ATM and then  displaying a weapon and robbing more people at Alameda Cellars on Encinal Avenue. (“Robber Fires Pistol at Local Drug Store,” June 16, 2016). 

According to records, before his crime spree the courts had already convicted Lachaux in Alameda County for being a felon in possession of a firearm, in San Francisco for receiving stolen property and in Los Angeles for forgery. 

The probable-cause statement presented by Alameda Police Department (APD) Detective Alex Keden detailed Lachaux’ actions on June 12, 2016. 

  • Lachaux entered Walgreens, fired a shot into the ceiling and ordered employees and customers to the floor. He then helped himself to more than $300 in cash from both the store’s cash register and a customer’s wallet. After leaving Walgreens Lachaux fired another round outside the store. 
  • Lachaux then approached two victims at a nearby Wells Fargo ATM. The robber had little success there, however. He demanded that the customers withdraw money for him. He lost his patience when they were not fast enough for him and and tried to withdraw money with the victims’ cards, allowing them to flee. 
  • Lachaux entered Alameda Cellars, displayed his handgun and ordered the employee and customers to the floor. The employee handed over $500, and Lachaux pointed his gun at the customers while searching their pockets. Lachaux fired a round into the air as he fled.

Keden told the court that APD identified Lachaux using surveillance videos and showing photo lineups to the victims. Lachaux’ attorney Seth Morris convinced the judge that Lachaux suffered from mental health issues and drug addiction at the time of the robberies; a move that likely lessened Lachaux’ sentence.