Gunman will stand trial after robbing Escondido store
VISTA (CNS) – A gunman accused of holding up a convenience store in Escondido and leading authorities on a chase that ended with a SWAT standoff will stand trial on charges of robbery, evading with reckless driving and resisting arrest, a judge ruled Monday.
Domi Gustavo Jimenez, 26, allegedly confronted a clerk at the 7-Eleven in the 600 block of North Ash Street shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, displayed a pistol tucked in his waistband, then stole an undisclosed amount of cash.
Jimenez drove off in a late-model white sedan, which officers caught up with a short time later, Escondido police Lt. Eric Skaja said. During an ensuing pursuit, the suspect managed to elude officers, ditched the vehicle and escaped on foot.
Later that morning, police tracked down Jimenez at a motel in the 900 block of North Quince Street, near North Centre City Parkway. When he refused repeated orders to surrender, a SWAT team was summoned, Skaja said. The special weapons and tactics personnel forced entry to the room and took Jimenez into custody.
Today, after a preliminary hearing, Judge William Dato found that enough evidence was presented for Jimenez to stand trial Dec. 16. The defendant — who has a 2009 conviction for robbery — faces 11 years in prison if convicted.