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.
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. (1205)