Man arrested in series of San Bruno robberies pleads not guilty 

The man arrested in a series of robberies in and around San Bruno's Commodore Park in April was in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges of armed robbery, burglary and false identification, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Alexander Leonis, 18, of Daly City, was arrested April 13 in connection with a series of robberies that occurred on April 7 and 8 in the area of Commodore Park.

In those robberies, Leonis and his juvenile cousin, who is also in custody, are alleged to have robbed three different people armed with an 11 inch kitchen knife in two cases and a hammer in another.

The first robbery occurred April 7 around 5:25 p.m. The victim was walking home from his job at Walmart in the 1000 block of Cherry Avenue when he encountered the suspects, who demanded at knifepoint that he turn over his computer, which he did, and the suspects fled the scene.

About four hours later, a man using the bathroom at Commodore Park was confronted by the suspects, this time armed with a hammer, who demanded his cash and jewelry, Wagstaffe said.

About 9:30 a.m. the next day, the third victim, a Google employee who was on his way to Youtube headquarters, was confronted by the suspects. Using the 11-inch knife once more, the suspects demanded the victim's cash and cellphone before fleeing on foot.

That victim immediately canceled his credit cards, Wagstaffe said. Leonis is then alleged to have tried to use one of the canceled cards to make a purchase at the Foot Locker at the Shops at Tanforan, which led to his arrest.

Once he was arrested, Wagstaffe said, he blamed everything on his juvenile cousin.

The cousin was also arrested and is going through the juvenile court system.

Leonis pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday and is currently out of custody on $150,000 bail. He will return to court June 9.

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