Felon is charged with series of armed Hemet robberies, as well as carjacking
A convicted felon charged with a series of armed robberies in Hemet as well as carjacking a woman outside a gym, then leading police on a chase, pleaded not guilty Friday, court records show.
Anthony Miguel Screws, 31, of Hemet, was arrested Tuesday night after the pursuit. He is charged with four counts of robbery and one count each of carjacking and eluding a peace officer, along with multiple sentence-enhancing allegations of using a firearm in the commission of a crime.
He’s being held in lieu of $800,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
Court documents allege the defendant began committing holdups on Oct. 23, when he robbed a Hemet resident of an undisclosed amount of money. A week later, Screws is accused of robbing a man at gunpoint outside a business; nine days later, he is accused of robbing a woman in Hemet.
None of the victims was identified in court papers.
On Nov. 14, the convicted felon is accused of robbing another woman on a street, and about 8:30 that night, walked to the LA Fitness at 220 N. Sanderson Ave., where he’s accused of confronting a woman, identified only as “V.A.,” who was about to get into her vehicle in the parking lot.
Lt. Eddie Pust alleged that Screws approached the victim and brandished a handgun, demanding the keys to her vehicle, which she immediately surrendered.
As officers were responding to the carjacking call, a patrolman spotted the stolen vehicle on a nearby street and initiated a traffic stop, he said.
Screws accelerated away from the officer, who called for backup, triggering a pursuit heading westbound into an unincorporated area of Riverside County, according to the lieutenant. When Screws reached Benton and Winchester roads, he bailed out of the car while it was still in motion and tried to run away, but […]