Two men and a woman were held to answer today for a series of robberies at several Palmdale stores including CVS and Walgreens pharmacies and a Little Caesar’s Pizza, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Mahealani Austin, 26, Brooke Nicole Hollins, 22, and Marcus Travis Robinson, 24, were ordered to stand trial for 13 counts each of second-degree robbery, eight counts each of kidnapping to commit robbery, four counts each of attempted robbery and two counts each of criminal threats, according to Deputy District Attorney Craig Kleffman.
Austin and Robinson face an additional two counts each of second-degree robbery, and Robinson also was held to answer on one count of possession of marijuana for sale.
The robberies and kidnappings occurred between Dec. 12, 2011 and Sept. 24, 2012, usually very early in the morning, the prosecutor said. During the robbery several victims were threatened at gunpoint and taken to isolated areas of the retail locations, according to testimony during the multi-day preliminary hearing. (Read more here.) The complaint names 17 alleged victims. Several of the stores were robbed more than once, the prosecutor added.
The three are scheduled to be arraigned on the 30-count felony information on July 17 in Department A17 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch. They each remain jailed on $11 million bail.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster Station.
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