A 19-year-old Riverside man who committed multiple robberies at stores in Jurupa Valley and Riverside was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison.
Samisoni Tuipulotu Akauola pleaded guilty last month to four counts of armed robbery, and in exchange for the admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped two other robbery charges.
Superior Court Judge David Gunn certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.
Court papers show that in March 2018, Akauola perpetrated six holdups, generally targeting lone individuals at convenience stores throughout the Riverside metropolitan area.
The first robbery occurred on March 5 and the last on March 23, according to the D.A.’s office.
No one was injured during the holdups, but Akauola used a firearm in each instance, prosecutors said.
According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Lodes, a regional task force composed of deputies and Riverside police officers initiated an investigation once it became clear that the same person was going into different jurisdictions and committing the robberies.
Lodes said investigators followed leads that ultimately pointed to Akauola as the perpetrator, and a search warrant was obtained and served on March 30 at his residence on Laurel Drive.
“Police located credible evidence linking Akauola to the armed robberies,” Lodes said.
The defendant was taken into custody without a struggle.
He had no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.