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Felon Accused of Trying to Rob Car Wash Customer to Stand Trial

Roth Steven Anderson of Lake Elsinore faces more than six years in prison if convicted.

A twice-convicted felon accused of trying to rob a car wash customer—but getting a face full of water for his trouble—must stand trial for attempted robbery and a misdemeanor charge of using an imitation gun in a threatening manner, a judge ruled Thursday.

Roth Steven Anderson, 24, of Lake Elsinore, could face more than six years in prison if convicted of the charges, which stem from a July 23 confrontation at a coin-operated car wash in Temecula.

During an hourlong preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, the alleged victim and the Riverside County sheriff's investigator who handled the case testified for the prosecution. The defense called no witnesses.

Superior Court Judge Kelly Hansen ruled at the end of the hearing that there was sufficient evidence to bound Anderson over for trial and left his bail set at $1 million. The defendant is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

A post-preliminary hearing arraignment in the case is scheduled for Dec. 20.

According to sheriff's officials, on the afternoon of July 23, Anderson allegedly approached a man cleaning his vehicle in a wash bay in the 41900 of Moreno Road, brandishing what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol.

The victim told deputies that the defendant allegedly demanded that he relinquish his wallet.

"The victim immediately reacted by spraying (Anderson) in the face with the high-pressure water hose being used to clean his vehicle," according to a sheriff's statement. "The victim then ran around his vehicle in an attempt to avoid being shot. The suspect immediately turned away from the hose and fled on foot."

Deputies were called to the scene, leading to a search of the surrounding area. Anderson was located a short time later at a nearby convenience store, purchasing cigarettes, sheriff's officials said.

His wet clothes and a replica handgun were located stuffed in a backpack at a Denny's restaurant across the street, according to investigators.

The defendant was on parole at the time of his arrest, according to jail records. Information on his two prior convictions was not immediately available.

Badangel December 07, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Dumb ass! With a smoking habbit he can't afford....a toy gun, and an piece of turd for a brain....The guy should have put his eye out with that pressure washer. So that every time he looked in the mirror, he'd see a one eyed stupid mother f*^&%$.
Brenda December 07, 2012 at 07:36 AM
I was wondering what type of money he thought he would get from someone using a .25cent carwash right? (Well we used to call them .25 cent carwashes when I was young cause they were, now they are like 7.00 bucks of quarters right? LOL) Maybe he could have gotten a roll of quarters if the guy hadnt started hosing the car off. But once open and the quarters go ding ding ding in the slot its like tossing it in a machine at Pechanga. Silly kid, but interesting, on parole, twice convicted felon and one million bail, only 24, clean cut, needs to get his life straightened out. If its drugs get off of them NOW. Wierd bail, 1 million the same as the Sheriff who murdered that Samuel guy in the bar up on Murrieta Hot Springs Rd back in the summer.
Galactic Cannibal December 08, 2012 at 08:11 PM
He sure does not look like one of your so-called Illegals from Mexico. He looks very American and with a name like Anderson , must have roots from Scotland or a Nordic country like Sweden. But never mind, just keep bashing the so-called illegals from Mexico.

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