Armed robbery suspect to stand trial on 12 counts

By Neal Putnam

A suspect originally arrested for attempted robbery at a KFC restaurant in Ramona will stand trial for that offense and 11 other felony charges in several other robberies in Ramona.

Raul Cruz, 35, was ordered to appear June 18 in El Cajon Superior Court to set a trial date after Judge Allan Preckel heard testimony from six witnesses in the preliminary hearing.

The 13 charges represent three incidents that include a a holdup at the Valero service station at 1210 Main St. on Dec. 12, 2011, a robbery at the Circle K store at 704 Main St. on Dec. 16, and the attempted robbery at KFC at 1025 Main St. on Dec. 17.

The charges include three robbery and attempted robbery counts, three counts of assault with a firearm, three burglary charges, receiving stolen property, possession of a gun by a drug user, and carrying a concealed weapon. The judge dismissed two counts of false imprisonment and a weapons charge.

One witness failed to show up for the hearing on June 4 and a sheriff’s deputy testified about what the witness told him. The owner of the stolen gun testified as did sheriff’s deputies.

Deputy District Attorney Heather Trocha said none of the cash taken in the robberies was recovered, but some lotto tickets that were stolen were recovered. Trocha said Cruz won a small amount of cash from the lotto tickets, which he redeemed before his Dec. 17 arrest by deputies.

The first holdup at the Valero station was followed by a Dec. 16 robbery at 1:45 a.m. at the Circle K. Witnesses said the suspect wore a mask.

Cruz allegedly demanded cash from KFC employees around 8 p.m., but fled without taking any money.

Cruz remains in the South Bay Detention Facility on $500,000 bail. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Jun 18 2012. Filed under News, Ramona, Sheriff/Fire. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Armed robbery suspect to stand trial on 12 counts”

  1. elizabeth lynch

    all those people that where witnesses some of you knew raul cruz dont know how well but locking him up in jail for a long time is it going to make a different.he made a mistake the biggest one possibly in his life. i know raul for many years. i know he is not a threat to the community all people that know him can testify to that but sadly this is the time when you know who your real friends are and the ones that never really were your friends they just let you take the rap.-just sad that it comes to this for some people to realize it. the morning stat

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