A convicted felon who committed multiple armed robberies in or near Perris was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in state prison.
Anthony Sergio Munoz, 28, admitted six counts of armed robbery, as well as several unrelated charges tied to another case, under a plea agreement reached last month with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. In exchange for Munoz’s admissions, prosecutors dropped two counts each of attempted robbery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Superior Court Judge David Gunn imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Curt Harris, the defendant perpetrated four holdups on the same day — Feb. 14, 2018 — 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.
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, the sergeant said.
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. About 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, he said.
In each instance, the bandit fled in a sedan.
According to Harris, Munoz robbed a Metro PCS store in the 29000 block of Nuevo Road in Nuevo on the afternoon of Feb. 18. Soon afterward, detectives identified the defendant as the holdup man and served an arrest warrant at his residence in the 500 block of Bond Road in Perris. Munoz attempted to flee, but he was chased down and arrested without further incident.
Ultimately, Munoz also admitted robbing a GameStop store in Lake Elsinore on Dec. 27, 2017.
According to court records, the defendant had a prior conviction for receiving a stolen vehicle.
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