A man who robbed two gas stations and tried to rob a third in various San Diego neighborhoods over a 90-minute span pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges.
Hector Godinez — who has no prior record — faces a maximum of 20 years in state prison when he is sentenced June 7.
Godinez, 32, pleaded guilty to a pair of robbery counts, one count of attempted robbery — all while armed — possession of stolen property (a gun) and negligent discharge of a firearm.
The first robbery was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Shell station at the corner of F and 25th streets in Golden Hill. Police said Godinez pulled a gun on an employee and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
Shortly after 8 p.m., a similar hold-up occurred at a 76 gas station at 1666 First Ave. in the Cortez area, but the robber left without any money, said Deputy District Attorney Lucy Yturralde.
The last in the string of robberies happened shortly after 9 p.m. at another Shell station on Division Street, in the Shelltown area.
A similar suspect description was provided in all three robberies — a roughly 5-feet-7 thin Hispanic man in his late 30s to early 40s wearing a black shirt and red pants. The suspect vehicle was described as a green Ford Ranger, authorities said.
At 10:40 p.m. on Jan. 16, the occupants of a green Ford Ranger allegedly attempted to run after the truck was stopped by Border Patrol agents on East 30th Street in National City. One of them dropped a loaded handgun while fleeing, according to National City police.
Arriving National City police officers recognized the pickup truck as the suspect vehicle in the earlier armed robberies and Godinez was arrested.
Police later found clothing worn by Godinez during the robberies, Yturralde said.
—City News Service
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