A man who committed an armed heist at a National City shoe store last Valentine’s Day pleaded guilty Friday to felony robbery and conspiracy counts.
Jonathan Esquivel, 27, faces between 11 and 16 years in prison when he is sentenced March 27.
Two other men, David Luis Magana and Joseph Olmos, are charged with multiple robbery and conspiracy counts in the so-called “Stolen Valor” bandit series, so named because the defendants allegedly wore stolen military clothing during some of the holdups.
The robberies took place last year between Jan. 28 and March 15, including at BBB Shoes in National City, Sombrero’s on West Main Street in El Cajon, a Jamba Juice on College Grove Way and am/pm minimarts in the 3200 block of El Cajon Boulevard and on Euclid Avenue in San Diego.
Shots were fired during the robbery last March 3 at Sombrero’s, authorities said.
A military footlocker and stolen Marine Corps clothing were recovered at Magana’s residence last year, and investigators also found Marine Corps clothing in Olmos’ car, according to prosecutors.
Magana, 27, and Olmos, 24, are set for trial March 14.
—City News Service