BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man who once faced a murder charge in connection with a robbery that resulted in police fatally wounding another suspect was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday.
Andrew Crotwell, 32, pleaded no contest March 15 to three counts of robbery and a single count of resisting arrest, court records show.
Crotwell, Rogelio Vidal Landa, 47, and Anita Carvajal, 44 at the time, were traveling in a Jeep Cherokee at 9:15 p.m. April 4, 2017, in the area of Taft Highway and South Union Avenue. The Jeep was identified by police as a suspect vehicle that had been used in multiple robberies.
Landa, who was driving, failed to stop for police. He led officers on a short chase that ended when the Jeep hit a tree. Landa got out and ran, and an officer opened fire, striking and fatally wounding him, police said.
Crotwell also fled the vehicle and was found nearby and taken into custody after “minor physical force” was used, police said. Carvajal was taken into custody without incident.
Carvajal in December pleaded no contest to being an accessory to robbery and was sentenced to time served.