SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An ex-con accused in a spree of late-night armed robberies in City Heights, Normal Heights, North Park and University Heights over a one-month period pleaded not guilty Tuesday to seven robbery counts and was ordered held on $250,000 bail.
Maurice Sinclair Gibbs, 45, was arrested last Thursday following a foot chase in the 4200 block of Menlo Avenue.
Deputy District Attorney James Koerber said Gibbs -- dubbed the "Hood and Hose Bandit" because he allegedly wore a nylon stocking over his face during the holdups -- robbed five businesses, including a fast-food restaurant, a video store and several gas stations, between April 16 and May 16.
On May 17, police on surveillance noticed Gibbs acting strangely and chased him, Koerber said. A fake gun and panty hose were found near the suspect when he was taken into custody, the prosecutor said.
Gibbs, who has been to prison five times, has a prior robbery conviction from 1998 and an attempted robbery conviction from 1995, according to the criminal complaint.
He faces up to 190 years to life behind bars if convicted under California's "three strikes" law, Koerber said.
Gibbs will be back in court June 1 for a readiness conference and June 5 for a preliminary hearing.
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