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Couple who allegedly held up Valencia Home Depot face trial in 2 weeks

Posted: January 3, 2013 11:20 a.m.
Updated: January 3, 2013 11:20 a.m.

A couple who allegedly held up a Valencia home-improvement store with a shotgun in September are heading to trial in two weeks, a Superior Court Judge ruled Thursday.

A two-day preliminary hearing for Nicholas Escarcega, 29, and Michelle Krueger, 27, wrapped up Thursday in San Fernando Superior Court, a court clerk confirmed.

Superior Court Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell ordered the pair to stand trial for robbery and burglary, the clerk said.
They are scheduled to appear in court for trial in the next two weeks.

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, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said at the time.

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

Escarcega and Krueger were arrested during a traffic stop Sept. 12, according to Deputy Joshua Dubin.

Escarcega remains in custody at Pitchess Detention Center East Facility on $300,000 bail.

Krueger, held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, was in custody on $90,000 bail.




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