A convicted felon accused of robbing a gas station and two convenience stores in Moreno Valley is slated to be arraigned Thursday on armed robbery charges.
Francisco Javier Martinez, 32, was arrested last week following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation into a series of the robberies that began on Jan. 25 and ended two days later.
Martinez is charged with three counts of armed robbery and parole violations. He’s scheduled to appear before Superior Court Judge David Gunn on Thursday morning at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Marcuse, the defendant allegedly committed two robberies on Moreno Beach Drive on the night of Jan. 25, targeting a 7-Eleven and an am/pm minimart on the same block.
“The suspect entered these establishments armed with a shotgun and demanded money,” Marcuse alleged. The clerks handed over undisclosed amounts, and the bandit fled as deputies were called, he said.
Marcuse said the same scenario played out in the same area two nights later when a Chevron station was held up, allegedly by the defendant.
No one was injured during the robberies.
Detectives spent weeks gathering evidence that allegedly linked the parolee to the crimes and ultimately obtained a warrant for his arrest, according to Marcuse.
Martinez was taken into custody without incident near the intersection of Frederick Street and Sunnymead Boulevard in Moreno Valley late Friday. He was booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, where he’s being held without bail.
According to court records, the defendant has prior convictions for burglary, operating a vehicle chop shop and vandalism.
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