New court date set for Sacto man linked to Fairfield gunfight

By From page A4 | May 21, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A Sacramento man suspected of robbing a drug dealer in Fairfield at gunpoint — an action police say led to a shootout in a Fairfield neighborhood early this year – will return to court next month when a date may be set for a preliminary hearing.

Michael M. Behnamnia, 19, of Sacramento, faces one count of robbery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and numerous drug-related allegations. He has pleaded not guilty.

Behnamnia had a court date Tuesday to set the probable cause hearing. That action was postponed to June 11.

The allegations stem from what police suspect was an attempt to buy some marijuana Jan. 16 at a home on Capistrano Court. Instead, police suspect that Behnamnia and a Fairfield teen pulled out guns and robbed the dope peddler before getting in a car to leave the scene.

Police said the seller armed himself and fired at the vehicle. The suspected robbers fired back. No injuries were reported. Police said two guns were taken from the seller’s home.

Behnamnia was arrested March 18 at a home in Sacramento. The Fairfield teen was arrested the same day at a home on the 1300 block of Northwood Court.

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Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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