Ignacio and Sarrah Brambila. Photo courtesy of San Diego Sheriff’s Dept.

A Lakeside man who kept Home Depot employees in Poway at bay with a makeshift flame-thrower after stealing tools from the store while under the influence of drugs was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail and five years probation.

Ignacio Brambila, 37, was given credit for 210 days in jail, and the remainder of the yearlong sentence will be suspended as long as he successfully completes probation.

He pleaded guilty in November to robbery, child endangerment and driving under the influence of methamphetamine. Charges of assault with a deadly weapon and making threats were dismissed.

His wife, Sarrah Brambila, 35, was sentenced today to four years probation, ordered to undergo drug treatment, and was given credit for 210 days in jail. She pleaded guilty to robbery and child endangerment.

Deputy District Attorney Michael MacNeil said Ignacio Brambila went into the Home Depot on Tech Center Drive about 10 p.m last Sept. 6 and loaded an empty baby stroller with expensive tools.

The defendant left the store without paying for the items and ran to his car, where he retrieved an aerosol bottle and set flame to it, chasing employees while yelling “I’m going to light you on fire!”, MacNeil said.

Brambila then drove off with his wife and 2-year-old child, the prosecutor said.

Sheriff’s deputies pulled the couple over a short distance away and found the stolen merchandise in the trunk of the car, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Boudreau.

Sarrah Brambila admitted that she had used meth and deputies suspected that her husband was also under the influence, MacNeil said.

— City News Service

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