Sentencing was postponed Friday to Sept. 19 for four men who held up at least a dozen people at gunpoint over a two-week period in San Diego last year.
Joseph Ragland, 27, Jamarious Porche, 24, Askia Toure, 21, and 19-year- old Michael McGinnis — the so-called “Pistol Whip” bandits — all pleaded guilty to robbery and receiving stolen property charges for holdups that occurred between March 30 and April 10 of last year.
Some of the robbery victims were pistol-whipped and thrown to the ground, prosecutors said.
Benjamin Levine testified at a preliminary hearing a year ago that he and a friend had just bought snacks at a College Avenue 7-Eleven and were walking back to a dormitory near San Diego State University when the assailants came up from behind.
The witness said one suspect asked for a “light” and when Levine said that neither he nor his friend had one, the assailants ordered them to the ground.
Levine said one of the suspects held a black pistol to the back of his head, and the robbers said, “Give us everything! Give us everything!”
The witness said he gave the robbers his wallet, cell phone and the real PIN number to his debit card.
— City News Service