Man Sentenced For 'Frustrated Fan' Robberies

Ricardo Colmenero Reyes Pleaded Guilty To Multiple Armed Robberies

A man dubbed the "Frustrated Fan" bandit because he wore either San Diego Padres or Chargers clothing during a five-week spree of armed robberies at gas stations, doughnut shops and convenience stores was sentenced Friday to 36 years and eight months in prison.

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Ricardo Colmenero Reyes, 35, pleaded guilty in April to 17 counts of robbery and one count each of attempted robbery and possession of ammunition by a felon. The defendant admitted using a gun in all of the robberies. He also admitted a 2002 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, said prosecutor James Koerber.

During the sentencing hearing, Koerber showed Judge Charles Rogers a blown-up photo of Reyes pointing a gun at a female clerk at a Shell Gas station. The clerk was 8 1/2-months pregnant.

"He (Reyes) didn't care," the prosecutor said, "and he terrorized her and took her money."

Reyes' crime spree began last Dec. 9 when he robbed the Super 8 Motel on Roosevelt Avenue in National City. His last holdup occurred Jan. 17 when he robbed a Subway shop on University Avenue in San Diego.

In between, the defendant robbed a number of gas stations, a 7-Eleven store, other Subway shops and a Yum Yum Donuts on East Plaza Boulevard in National City.

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