Man with ‘milky eye’ sentenced to 17-year prison term in 2011 robberies
By Neal Putnam
A Ramona man was sentenced Sept. 9 to 17 years in state prison for two robberies and an attempted robbery of businesses in Ramona in 2011.
Raul Cruz, 36, received credits for nearly two years in jail and a $3,000 fine from El Cajon Superior Court Judge John Thompson.
Cruz was arrested after the attempted robbery at KFC at 1025 Main St. on Dec. 17, 2011. He pleaded guilty to the KFC attempted robbery and to holding up a Circle K store on Dec. 16, 2011, and a robbery at a Valero service station on Dec. 12, 2011. He admitted he was armed in each incident.
The case was delayed because he was waiting for surgery of his eye while in jail. Deputy District Attorney Heather Trocha said witnesses said the robber had “a messed up eye” and some called it “a milky eye,” or a cloudy eye.
Cruz wore a mask in the incidents, but witnesses noticed an injured eye. He pleaded guilty in November 2012 and agreed to what was called the “stipulated sentence” of 17 years. Trocha said Cruz finally had the eye surgery.
Cruz displayed a pistol to the Circle K clerk at 1:45 a.m. at the store at 704 Main St. At the KFC, Cruz displayed a handgun but he fled at 8 p.m. without taking any money and was arrested by sheriff’s deputies afterward.
Cruz was also charged with receiving stolen property, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and having a concealed weapon. These counts were dismissed after his guilty plea to the hold-ups.
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