Man pistol-whipped in park

Hoover Park at 2100 Spring St. in Redwood City, off of Woodside Road. Apple map.

Daily Post Staff Writer

A Redwood City man was arrested after allegedly pistol-whipping a man in his 50s multiple times in Hoover Park, authorities said today.

On Saturday at 1:17 p.m., Redwood City Police got a call reporting an armed robbery in which a man in his 50s had been pistol-whipped multiple times and his friend’s gold necklace had been stolen, according to a statement from Lt. Casey Donovan.

The alleged robber, Jose Guadalupe Gaytan, 29, had approached the man and his two friends and asked if they wanted to buy a gun or some drugs, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Al Serrato.

At one point during the conversation, Gaytan pointed a gun at the 41-year-old man and demanded his gold necklace, according to Serrato. The man said the necklace was from a girl.

Gaytan also pointed his gun at the 50-year-old man and another man who was with them and demanded the 50-year-old’s watch and money.

When the man refused to give over his possessions, Gaytan pistol-whipped him between four and 10 times, Serrato said. Gaytan also threatened to kill the three men.

Gaytan took the necklace and then fled in a Land Rover. Police found the Land Rover and Gaytan a short distance away and the victims were able to ID Gaytan, who was also wearing the stolen necklace, according to Donovan. Gaytan also had a loaded .25 caliber Colt gun and meth.

Gaytan was charged yesterday with seven felonies related to the case, including robbery, assault with a firearm and possession of a gun by a felon. Gaytan has been arrested a handful of times over the past few years, according to the Post’s blotter archives. In 2018, he was arrested for making a false claim to be a veteran.

Gaytan is in jail and cannot be released on bail because he was on probation when he was arrested, according to jail records.

He will be in court on Nov. 2.