Man must stand trial in taquito, candy case 


A 29-year-old man accused of robbing a South San Francisco 7-Eleven store of candy at gunpoint before forcing the clerk to let him purchase taquitos has been found competent to stand trial in the armed robbery case, according to prosecutors.

The findings from court-appointed doctors mean proceedings will continue against Daly City resident Michael Aragon, who remains in custody on $500,000 bail.

Prosecutors believe drug abuse rather than a mental illness caused Aragon to allegedly threaten clerks at the El Camino Real convenience store with what turned out to be a BB gun on Feb. 2.

The incident unfolded about 3:30 a.m. when Aragon reportedly purchased a few taquitos, left the store and then returned minutes later and allegedly stuffed candy down his pants. A clerk confronted Aragon as he attempted to leave without paying for the candy, prosecutors said. Aragon allegedly responded by saying that instead of money he had a gun.

The alleged heist became even more bizarre when Aragon "stayed in the store and purchased additional taquitos," San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Police were called and Aragon was located and arrested.

Police determined he was under the influence of drugs and also found a bag of meth hidden in his rectum during booking, Wagstaffe said.

Aragon's jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 16.

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