A man and a woman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from a series of armed robberies in Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles, including one in which a gun was pointed at a victim but misfired.
Timothy Hayes and Unique Rivers, both 20 and from Los Angeles, are charged with one count each of attempted murder, along with five counts of second-degree robbery and six counts of second-degree commercial burglary.
They are each being held in lieu of $1.3 million bail while awaiting their next court appearance May 18.
The latest crime they are suspected of committing occurred about 5:25 a.m. March 22 in Burbank at Kim’s Donuts & Coffee, 403 N. Victory Blvd.
The owner of the doughnut shop, a 45-year-old man, told police that two suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks entered the store, and one of them was armed with a handgun.
The proprietor was held at gunpoint while one of the suspects removed property from the victim’s pockets, but “managed to grab the handgun and became involved in a physical struggle with both suspects,” according to a statement released by the Burbank Police Department.
During the struggle, one of the suspects allegedly pointed the handgun at the victim’s chest and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire, police said.
The victim, whose name was not released, suffered minor injuries as a result of the struggle.
The investigation led to a residence in the 4500 block of Ascot Avenue in Los Angeles, where the suspects were arrested about 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“A search of the residence recovered … evidence, including clothing worn by the suspects during the commission of the robbery,” according to Burbank police.
Investigators believe the pair committed four other armed robberies and a commercial burglary in Glendale and Los Angeles in February and March.
— City News Service