A man accused of celebrating his 26th birthday by robbing the La Raza Market in San Mateo at gunpoint pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said.
Vincent Lee Carter Jr., 26, of Richmond, is accused of attempting to rob the market in the 300 block of North Ellsworth Avenue on Feb. 26 just before 10 p.m., prosecutors said. Carter allegedly entered the market with a sawed-off shotgun and yelled "Hands up, give me all the money, don't move," prosecutors said. Instead of complying, the clerk hit the alarm, grabbed the shotgun and wrestled with the suspect. Another employee joined in and the two were able to subdue the suspect until police arrived. At that time, the defendant told police that the clerks attacked him.
The next day, the clerks were lauded in the press for fighting back.
Carter faces several charges related to robbery, firearms possession and being a felon on parole.
He is expected to be back in court July 14 and is in custody on $350,000 bail.