Man pleads not guilty to robbing golf course

ESCONDIDO — A San Diego Superior Court judge ordered a 29-year-old man accused of robbing an Escondido golf course to be held without bail.
Judge Joe Littlejohn placed Daryl Gunder Johnson of Vista on a no bail hold because he had been on probation at the time of his arrest for a 2007 felony conviction for receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor conviction in 2008 for reckless driving without a license; both convictions were out of San Diego County.
At his arraignment hearing, Johnson pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of robbery and burglary stemming from the alleged early morning Aug. 5 hold up of The Vineyard golf course on San Pasqual Road near Bear Valley Parkway South in Escondido, during which authorities believe he stole $1,000.
Witnesses told police the thief entered the golf course around 6:30 a.m. wearing a mask and wig. Police contacted Johnson a short time later running near Kit Carson Park and took him into custody. Neighbors had reported seeing a man running through their backyards.
In addition, an allegation that he used a dangerous weapon, a BB gun, to commit the crime is attached to the criminal complaint, which adds one year to his potential sentence.
If convicted, Johnson faces up to six years in prison, his attorney James Fox said outside the courtroom.
Fox said from his understanding, the BB gun was unloaded at the time of the robbery. Additionally, he said there may be a surveillance video available from the golf course.
“We’re going to be reviewing the evidence,” Fox said.
Johnson’s mother, who attended the brief hearing, declined to discuss the charges against her son.
Littlejohn set Johnson’s preliminary hearing for Sept. 17. His next schedule court appearance is an Aug. 28 readiness conference.

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