FAIRFIELD — A 27-year-old Fairfield man who allegedly went on a brief robbery spree in October was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on several felony charges.
Edwin V. Gaona is accused of first targeting a man sitting on the grass next to his bicycle along the Linear Park bicycle trail near Beck Avenue on the afternoon of Oct. 6, according to police. Toting a case of beer and a gun, Gaona walked to the man, allegedly pointed the gun to the man’s head and told him he was going to take his bike, according to testimony at Gaona’s probable cause hearing. He also took is accused of taking the man’s wristwatch before pedaled away.
A Hartford Avenue resident testified he interrupted Gaona trying to break into his home on the same afternoon. Other witnesses testified that a short time later, Gaona walked into a gas station convenience store on Oliver Road, started smashing beer bottles and demanding money before a store clerk grabbed a stick and chased him from the store.
After police watched video surveillance footage from store video cameras, they spotted Gaona walking along Travis Boulevard near Holiday Lane. Police did not find a gun, beer or a bike, but they said they found the wristwatch in Gaona’s pants pocket.
Judge Wendy Getty ordered Gaona to stand trial on felony robbery, burglary and attempted robbery charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 17.
The hearing included Gaona’s mother and father both taking the witness stand and describing an incident in which Gaona allegedly put a rope around his mother’s neck as they sat in a car in front of a North Texas Street department store on July 23. Gaona, who the parents described as intoxicated, ran barefoot from the car before police were called.
After the parents’ testimony, Getty ordered Gaona to stand trial on a misdemeanor battery charge.
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