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Arraignment set for man who robbed four USC students

OW Staff | 4/19/2012, 5 p.m.

A Los Angeles man who is on probation was charged Friday, April 20, with robbing four USC students at gunpoint shortly after midnight Wednesday.

Jeremy Hendricks, 24 (dob 10-8-87), was scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon at the Foltz Criminal Courts Building, Department 30. He was charged in case BA396732 with three counts of second-degree robbery, one count of attempted robbery, one count of assault with a firearm, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of carrying a loaded firearm with prior convictions - all felonies.

Deputy District Attorney Victoria Pasternack said Hendricks allegedly approached two male and two female USC students walking along 28th Street, pulled a gun and demanded all their stuff. Three of the students threw items in his backpack while a fourth student hid behind a car.

When the suspect walked away, the students screamed for help and flagged down a USC campus security officer. Hendricks was shot once in the leg during the chase before he was arrested.

The case was filed as a second strike against Hendricks, who is on probation following his conviction in January for possession of a deadly weapon. If convicted of all counts, he is facing more than 50 years in state prison. He is being held on $420,000 bail.