Pair charged in armed robberies

The alleged accomplice of a man shot Tuesday by an undercover Glendale police detective in North Hollywood during a violent scuffle was charged Friday with nine counts of second-degree robbery with a gun and gang affiliations.

Christopher Morales, 21, was charged in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Van Nuys, where he was also scheduled to be arraigned. He was being held in lieu of $685,000 bail, according to the county district attorney’s office.

David Santos, 18, is still in the hospital after one of two undercover Glendale police detectives — who had been trailing a narcotics suspect — shot him during an attempted escape in which he allegedly tried to run over the men with his car.

After Santos’ car allegedly rammed into the driver's-side door of the police cruiser, one officer opened fire, wounding Santos. Neither officer was hurt and Santos’ wound was non-life-threatening, officials said.

Santos has been charged with assault on a peace officer and two counts of second-degree robbery.

Prosecutors allege the two men are responsible for a series of armed robberies in the San Fernando Valley dating back to November.

Jason Wells

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