A convicted felon who committed multiple holdups in or near Perris pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of armed robbery.
Anthony Sergio Munoz, 28, admitted the felony charges under a plea agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
In exchange for his admissions, prosecutors dropped two counts each of attempted robbery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Superior Court Judge David Gunn scheduled a sentencing hearing for Feb. 28 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Munoz is being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Curt Harris, the defendant perpetrated four holdups on the same day — Feb. 14, 2017 — beginning about 5 p.m. at a Chevron gas station in the 400 block of Redlands Avenue in Perris.
Munoz grabbed a few items, then held the clerk at gunpoint and forced him to empty the cash register, according to the sergeant.
He said that two hours later, a Jack-in-the-Box in the 19000 block of Harvill Avenue was held up, with the defendant again forcing employees to empty cash drawers.
At 7:45 p.m., Munoz robbed a Subway sandwich shop in a strip mall on Nuevo Road in Perris, using the same method, Harris said. He alleged that 20 minutes later, the convicted felon walked into another Subway at 780 E. Ramona Expressway, taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the register while holding a pistol on employees.
In each instance, the bandit fled in a sedan.
According to Harris, on the afternoon of Feb. 18, Munoz robbed a Metro PCS store in the 29000 block of Nuevo Road in Nuevo, leveling a handgun at the clerk while swiping cash from the register.
Soon afterward, detectives identified the defendant as the stickup man and served an arrest warrant at his residence in the 500 block of Bond Road in Perris.
Harris said that Munoz attempted to flee the location when deputies arrived, but he was chased down and arrested without further incident.
According to court records, Munoz has a prior conviction for receiving a stolen vehicle. He also has multiple unresolved felony cases pending in Riverside County Superior Court, mostly for alleged robberies and thefts.
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