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Man pleads guilty to stealing iPads at gunpoint; accomplice also admits robbery charges

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who stole iPads at gunpoint from three people, including a teenage girl, who were trying to sell the devices on Craigslist pleaded guilty Friday to robbery and other charges.

Keith Randall Smith, 34, faces up to 15 years and eight months in state prison when he is sentenced Dec. 7 by Judge Charles Gill.

Smith pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery and admitted personally using a firearm in the holdups. The defendant also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Ashley Jade Rapp, a 22-year-old woman who acted as the getaway driver in all three robberies, also pleaded guilty to three robbery counts. She faces up to seven years behind bars when she is sentenced the same day as Smith.

The first robbery occurred about 9:30 p.m. July 31. Smith 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 at a hearing in September 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 also stole an iPad at gunpoint from a 13-year-old girl.

Investigators matched the cell phone number Smith used to arrange meetings with the victims to track him down. They 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.

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