Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman yesterday found probable cause to warrant the filing of charges against a mixed martial arts fighter accused of robbing a juvenile near Dandan Elementary School.
During the preliminary hearing, Wiseman found probable cause to believe that the crimes of robbery, theft, disturbing the peace, and criminal contempt were committed and that the person who may have committed the offenses is defendant Kevin I. Esteves.
Wiseman ordered the 21-year-old Esteves to answer the charges.
The judge, however, found no probable cause for the other criminal contempt and dismissed the count.
Wiseman increased the $25,000 cash bail to $50,000 cash in view of defendant's pending two criminal cases.
Detective John D. Cabrera stated in his report that police's investigations showed that it was Esteves who was responsible for robbing a 17-year-old male of his necklace and earrings in front of Dandan Elementary School on June 2, 2012.
Cabrera said two police officers responded to a store in Dandan on June 2 at 9:31pm after receiving a call about a theft complaint.
The victim told responding police officers that while he was walking south from his house on his way to KV PC Internet Shop, Esteves approached and confronted him if he was tough and wanted to fight.
The MMA fighter then allegedly began threatening the victim that he would beat him up and that he better not try to run because he would end up catching him.
The suspect later demanded the victim to hand over his silver necklace that he was wearing at the time.
The victim tried to persuade not to take his necklace, but Esteves allegedly threatened to kill him if he would not give the necklace and earrings.
When Esteves left, the victim proceeded to a store where he reported the matter to the police.
Esteves was still wearing the victim's necklace and earrings when a police officer confronted him.