Santa Rosa, CA – January 4, 2018 – Defendant Ivan
Morales was convicted today by a jury of premeditated attempted murder of an
armored car guard, robbery of an armored car guard, assault with an assault
rifle, assault on a police officer and driving a stolen vehicle.
Sergey Gutsu had previously pleaded guilty to premeditated attempted murder of
an armored car guard, robbery of an armored car guard, premeditated attempted
murder of a police officer and driving a stolen vehicle. Defendant Sergey Gutsu
pled to all charges and enhancements at the conclusion of the evidentiary
portion of the trial. The two cases were heard by separate juries due to
Attorney Ravitch stated “This brazen attack took place in a crowded location,
and put many people at risk, in addition to those injured during the assault.
The jury rightfully found Mr. Morales guilty and he, along with Mr. Gutsu,
rightfully face life imprisonment as a result.”
resulted from a robbery that took place on July 12, 2016. On that date, Loomis
armored truck employee Glenn was delivering $30,000 to the Chase Bank in
Windsor. While Glenn was making the delivery, defendant’s Ivan Morales and
Sergey Gutsu drove up to the Chase Bank in a Suzuki SUV that had been carjacked
a few days earlier in Sacramento.
Morales got out of the Suzuki with an AK-47 style assault rifle and shot Glenn
multiple times. Defendant Sergey Gutsu grabbed the bag of money. The two
defendants fled the scene in the Suzuki, but a few blocks away from the Chase
Bank the two defendants switched cars to a blue Chevy Suburban.
35 minutes later, the two defendants were observed in Calistoga by Officer
Paniagua of the Calistoga Police Department. Officer Paniagua began to follow the
defendants in the blue suburban. While following the defendants in the
suburban, Defendant Sergey Gutsu jumped out of the driver’s seat of the
suburban and began shooting at Office Paniagua. Officer Paniagua, who was still
in the driver’s seat of his patrol car, stepped on the gas pedal and collided
with Defendant Sergey Gutsu. Defendant Gutsu was arrested at the scene by
Morales ran from the suburban and was apprehended three hours later during an
extensive manhunt in Calistoga. Defendant Morales was found hiding in bushes in
the Napa River and arrested by members of the Sonoma County Sheriff Department.
Morales faces 33 years and 8 months-to-life in state prison for his crimes and
is scheduled for sentencing on March 8, 2018.
Sergey Gutsu faces 51 years and 4 months-to-life for his crimes and is
scheduled to be sentenced on January 25, 2018.
The case was
prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chris Honigsberg and Deputy District
Attorney Chris Brown and was assisted by District Attorney Investigator Kris
Allen. Detective Joseph Horsman of the Sonoma County Sheriff Department
headed the investigation.