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Competence hearing ordered in robbery case

Shotgun robbery netted duo about $1,000 in hardware

Posted: July 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

One member of the duo charged last fall with using a shotgun to rob a Valencia home-improvement store is scheduled for a hearing that would determine whether he is competent to stand trial, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Monday.

Nicholas Escarcega, 30, was ordered to appear in court July 29 for a “hearing to determine if he is competent to stand trial,” spokeswoman Jane Robison said Monday.

On Sept. 5, a man and a woman armed with a shotgun robbed the Home Depot store on Newhall Ranch Road and made off with about $1,000 in stolen hardware, Sheriff’s Department investigators reported.

The couple entered the store about 5:15 p.m., revealed that they had a 12-gauge shotgun, stole some merchandise and fled.

Escarcega and a woman, 27-year-old Michelle Krueger, were arrested during a traffic stop Sept. 12 and arrested for the robbery.

In April, Krueger pleaded no contest to a charge of grand theft and was sentenced to serve 16 months in county jail.



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