REDWOOD CITY -- Two Oakland men face armed robbery charges for allegedly using BB guns to take $12,000 in jewelry from a woman in a parking garage outside the Target store in San Bruno.
Defendant Jason Laron King Jr., 24, was due Friday in San Mateo County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on the evidence against him in the May 30 holdup, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. His suspected accomplice Dominique Deon Jackson, 23, is due in court July 8 for arraignment.
Prosecutors say one of the suspects pointed a gun at the woman and demanded her purse, which contained about $12,000 in jewelry. She turned it over and they escaped in an older Oldsmobile, but the victim got six of the car's seven license plate digits.
San Bruno police used that information to track down the Oldsmobile, which was allegedly registered to King. Detectives also learned the car had been used during an Oakland robbery the night of the San Bruno hold up, Wagstaffe said. On June 1, San Francisco police pulled the car over with both suspects in it.
While the officers had the Oldsmobile stopped, a man walked up and told police the people in the car had just tried to rob him. The man told officers he ran down the street and managed to get away. During a search of the car officers found two BB guns that looked like handguns as well as the San Bruno victim's driver's license, Wagstaffe said.
King was being held at the San Mateo County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, while Jackson was out on $50,000 bond.
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