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Judge orders trial for teens in robbery spree

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two teenagers accused of holding up pedestrians in a crime wave that ended in a police pursuit and crash must stand trial on charges including robbery, attempted robbery and auto theft, a judge ruled Thursday.

Victor Ledesma, 18, and 17-year-old Jonah Ledesma -- who are not related -- will be back in court for arraignment April 3.

After an all-day preliminary hearing, Judge Louis Hanoian found that enough evidence was presented for the defendants to stand trial on seven counts of robbery and one count each of attempted robbery, grand theft, felony evading and auto theft in connection with several crimes that occurred within hours of each other in January.

Two 15-year-olds were also arrested in connection with the crime spree and are being prosecuted in Juvenile Court, Deputy District Attorney Jim Koerber said.

Authorities allege the crime spree began shortly after 12:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at First and Pennsylvania avenues. San Diego police said four robbers pulled guns and knives on pedestrians in Hillcrest, University Heights, North Park and La Jolla.

Officers caught up with the quartet in Mission Beach about 2:15 a.m. and a pursuit ensued that ended in the Point Loma area when the suspects' car ran over a spike strip and smashed into another car, police said.

If convicted, Victor Ledesma -- who has a robbery conviction from 2012 --faces up to 28 years in prison and Jonah Ledesma could get up to 18 years.

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