A Riverside County man accused of committing several armed heists across the San Diego area, including in Encinitas, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to nine counts of robbery and one count of receiving stolen property.
Damian McDowell Green, 21, was ordered held on $545,000 bail.
Green surrendered to detectives and deputy federal marshals at his Aguanga home on Friday, according to Oceanside police.
He is suspected of threatening clerks with a handgun while stealing cash and mobile phones at Verizon Wireless stores in the 3700 block of Plaza Drive and the 4200 block of Oceanside Boulevard on Jan. 14 and Jan. 24, respectively.
During the first holdup, Green allegedly pistol-whipped an employee before fleeing, Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Cosby said. No serious injuries were reported.
Following his arrest, the suspect confessed to committing those holdups and others in Encinitas, Mira Mesa and Poway, according to police.
Green faces a maximum of 34 years in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai.
A readiness conference was set for Feb. 13 and a preliminary hearing for Feb. 19.
—City News Service