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DA: Motel robbery suspect thought jail would help him
December 24, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

David King

A 28-year-old San Bruno man arrested last week for allegedly robbing a motel clerk with a BB gun confessed to several other robberies and said he hoped being incarcerated for a lengthy stretch would help turn his life around, according to prosecutors.

David Samuel King is facing up to five years in prison for the Dec. 16 incident if convicted. After his arrest, King reportedly told police he spent $370 he stole from the Gateway Inn & Suites on drugs and was suicidal. He also allegedly confessed to robberies in South Dakota and Hanford, Calif., although District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said authorities are still verifying if that is true

King reportedly told police he thought incarceration was a solution to his problems and his suicidal tendencies.

“That is certainly a new one,” Wagstaffe said.

King used a BB gun in the robbery that looked like a real firearm and fled but was pulled over three days later for a traffic violation by Burlingame police. Police reported that King spontaneously told the officer he had robbed the San Bruno motel.

At his initial arraignment, King pleaded not guilty and asked for a court-appointed attorney. He did not waive his right to a speedy trial and was set for a preliminary hearing Jan. 3.

He remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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