Trial Set for 2 in Robbery Spree

Two former high school football players charged with three armed robberies in North County will go on trial Nov. 14, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Jonathan Arrington and Hubert Phillips, both 19 and from San Diego, pleaded innocent Wednesday before San Diego Superior Court Judge Jesus Rodriguez, who set the trial date.

The hold-ups occurred August 28, all within a 30-minute period around 3 a.m.

A Vista cabdriver, Judee Davis, testified Sept. 12 that she gave sheriff's deputies a partial license plate number and a description of one robber and his car after she lost $83 in the hold-up.

A high-speed chase ensued after sheriff's deputies spotted a car matching the description and ended in Imperial Beach.

An alleged accomplice, Khalil Mohammed, 17, apparently shot himself; his body was found in the car's back seat.

Arrington was discovered hiding in some bushes nearby and Phillips was later arrested at his home.

They are accused of robbing Fred Bray, the night auditor at a Best Western Motel in Escondido of $195, and Donut Star baker Rey Ouk of $65. Additionally they face an auto theft charge.

Both remain in County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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