Jermaile Hairston, a 41-year-old resident of Glendale was charged with three counts of second-degree robbery after allegedly using a blowtorch and tazer to rob liquor stores in Glendale, Carson and Long Beach over the course of two days. When entering the stores, Hairston allegedly threatened to “kill everyone inside,” if the clerk didn’t hand over the money. His threats earned him three additional charges of making criminal threats and one count of being in possession of flammable material.
After the Gardenia Market and Deli was robbed on Saturday night, police circulated photographs in the area of the suspect caught by security cameras. Eventually, the circulation proved fruitful and led them to Hairston who, as chance would have it, was already in custody.
Of all the charges pending against Hairston, the three counts of robbery are likely to result in the heftiest punishment. Each count carries with it possible punishments of felony probation, two to five years in California State prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
The charges of “criminal threats” are wobblers; meaning that they may be charged as felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the circumstances of the crime. Misdemeanor penalties include up to one year in county jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. Felony level charges, though, include possible punishments of up to three years in California State prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.