UPDATE: Delay For Twinkies Robbery Suspect

The so-called Twinkies Bandit returned to court on January 7 for a disposition/reset hearing on charges he allegedly robbed Mountain High Market in Twin Peaks last year. But a defense motion has been granted moving the hearing to February 13.(File Photo)

By Michael P. Neufeld

UPDATE – Monday, January 7 – 5:19 p.m .

San Bernardino, CA – The so-called Twinkies Bandit suspect’s court hearing has been delayed.

Judge Kenneth Barr granted a defense verbal motion to delay the disposition/reset hearing for Charles Steve Ortez, 62, until February 13 at 8:30 a.m. in Department S-21. The action came during a brief court appearance on Monday, January 7.

Ortez is accused of robbing the Mountain High Market in Twin Peaks on October 1 stealing Twinkies, milk, Coke, whiskey and cash.



Twin Peaks, CA – The so-called Twinkies robbery suspect returns to court Monday, January 7.

Mountain High Market in Twin Peaks. (File Photo by Michael P. Neufeld)

Charles Steve Ortez, 62, from Twin Peaks last appeared appeared before Judge Richard V. Peel on November 13 for a pre-preliminary hearing on a charge of stealing Twinkies, milk, Coke, whiskey and cash from Mountain High Market & Deli on October 1, 2012. The incident took place just minutes before the market was scheduled to close for the night, according to police documents.

The defendant — who has entered a plea of not guilty to all charges — who remains in custody at the Central Detention Center on $500,000 bail appeared briefly before Judge Peel and Deputy Public Defender Caia Cameron presented a verbal motion for a disposition/reset hearing. That request was granted and a preliminary hearing scheduled for November 15 was vacated.


The disposition/reset hearing for Ortez will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Department S-21.


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