SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man and woman accused of stealing iPads from three people who were trying to sell the devices on Craigslist must stand trial on robbery and other charges, a judge ruled Friday.
After a half-day preliminary hearing, Judge Joan Weber ruled that enough evidence was presented for 34-year-old Keith Randall Smith and 22-year-old Ashley Jade Rapp to stand trial on three counts of robbery.
Smith, who is additionally charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and faces allegations that he used a gun during the robberies, faces 26 years in prison if convicted.
Rapp was the driver and aided and abetted Smith in all three holdups, the prosecution alleges. She faces 11 years and four months in prison if convicted.
The first robbery occurred about 9:30 p.m. July 31. Smith allegedly pulled a gun on an iPad owner at the victim's Talmadge apartment, stole the tablet and fled, according to San Diego police.
Yasir Altaneem testified that Smith pulled a gun on him after the victim showed the iPad to Rapp, who Smith said was his girlfriend.
The witness said he felt something was wrong after meeting Smith, saying the would-be robber seemed nervous.
Before summoning Rapp, Smith talked to someone on a cell phone saying, "It's just one guy," Altaneem testified.
When Rapp showed up, Smith pulled a gun from his pocket and said, "Get in the house or I'm going to blow your head (off)," the witness testified.
Altaneem said Rapp ran off with his iPad.
The other two holdups played out in similar fashion the next night in Mount Hope and City Heights, police said.
In one of those crimes, a woman said Smith pulled a gun on her after she showed him her iPad outside her home.
Anna Fuentes testified that Smith went to his car and when he returned, he pulled out a gun while seemingly reaching for his wallet.
"I felt like I was going to die, and I wanted to cry, " Fuentes testified.
Smith and Rapp are also accused of stealing an iPad at gunpoint from a 13-year-old girl.
Investigators matched the cell phone number Smith used to arrange meetings with the alleged victims to track him down. They allegedly found the phone, two of the stolen iPads and a gun at Smith's residence.
San Diego police Detective Scott Greenwood said Rapp told him after her arrest that she felt bad "about what we did."
"She saw her and Keith (Smith) did 'em all," the detective testified.
When asked how she and Smith got the idea for the robberies, Rapp said they saw something on TV, Greenwood testified.
A readiness conference was set for Nov. 4 and trial for Nov. 10.
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