Man charged in ice cream, coffee shop robbery arraigned

Car involved traced to former reality show star

SAN DIEGO - A Sherman Heights man was arraigned Wednesday in connection with the robbery of an Old Town ice cream and coffee shop Sunday night.

Cecil Elwood stood before Judge David Szumowski and entered a not guilty plea to armed robbery and burglary charges.

A witness to the robbery of Korky's Ice Cream and Coffee Store noted the license plate number on the alleged getaway car. Police surrounded a house in Sherman Heights after contacting the registered owner of the car, Chuck Wismiller, who said his daughter had it.

County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis told 10News, "When they arrived at the daughter's home, she lived with Elwood; inside the car was the gun and evidence -- clothing he had been wearing."

After several hours, Elwood surrendered. An hour later, a woman was taken into custody but not arrested.

A gray Infiniti in the driveway is registered to Wismiller, who once starred in the A&E reality show "Family Plots." The show was based on exploits at the Poway Bernardo Mortuary and ran for several years beginning in 2004, with Wismiller's daughters among the cast.

The youngest daughter, Emily, appeared in 18 episodes and had written on Facebook of having a relationship with Elwood.

Police had no evidence that Emily was the dark-haired woman driving the car which the gunman jumped into with $290 in hand after allegedly threatening the clerk with a gun inside a newspaper.

No charges are pending against the woman, 10News learned.

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