A Canyon Lake man accused of committing eight robberies in Riverside County over a monthlong span must stand trial on multiple felony charges, a judge ruled today.
Brandon William Geer, 36, was arrested in Temecula on Jan. 11 after allegedly committing his last holdup near the Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Following a preliminary hearing Monday at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Kelly Hansen found there was sufficient evidence to bound Geer over for trial on eight counts of armed robbery, two counts of attempted robbery and sentence-enhancing allegations of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Hansen scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Nov. 13 and left Geer’s bail set at $675,000. He’s being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Curt Harris, Geer perpetrated his first alleged holdup at a store in the 25900 block of Newport Road in Menifee. Geer allegedly brandished a handgun at the clerk and demanded money, fleeing with a small sum and eluding deputies, who arrived minutes later.
Harris alleged that, through the 2016 holiday season, Geer stayed busy, robbing additional businesses in Perris, Murrieta, Wildomar and Temecula. All the holdups generally occurred in the predawn hours, with the same method employed each time, according to Harris.
Harris said that on Jan. 11, three places were robbed in the space of three hours, the last holdup occurring in the 44500 block of Bedford Court in Temecula.
Deputies swarmed the area and alerted Pechanga security personnel to be on the lookout for the bandit, whose description was broadcast to them and neighboring law enforcement agencies, according to Harris.
Security officers at the casino, which is less than a mile south of where the robbery happened, spotted Geer and detained him without incident until sheriff’s investigators arrived, Harris said.
Geer was positively identified by employees at the Bedford Court store, Harris alleged.
Geer has no prior documented felony convictions.