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Superior Court arraignment set for ex-con accused of robbery spree

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An ex-con accused of carrying out a spree of late-night armed robberies in City Heights, Normal Heights, North Park and University Heights over a one-month period must stand trial on A half-dozen robbery counts, a judge ruled Thursday.

Maurice Sinclair Gibbs, who has a lengthy criminal history, faces up to 165 years to life in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney James Koerber.

The prosecutor 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 conducting a surveillance operation noticed Gibbs, 45, 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.

After a half-day preliminary hearing, Superior Court Judge Frederic Link ruled that enough evidence was presented for Gibbs to stand trial.

A Superior Court arraignment was set for July 12.

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A preliminary hearing is scheduled Thursday for an ex-con accused of carrying out a spree of late-night armed robberies in City Heights, Normal Heights, North Park and University Heights over a one-month period.

Maurice Sinclair Gibbs, 45, is charged with seven counts of robbery. The defendant, who has a lengthy criminal history, faces up to 190 years to life in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney James Koerber.

The prosecutor 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 conducting a surveillance operation 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.

After the preliminary hearing, a judge will decide if enough evidence was presented for Gibbs to stand trial.

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