Hearing date set for man in Vegas robberies, crash

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge set a Jan. 12 hearing date for a 44-year-old man accused of going on a pre-Christmas robbery spree that ended with him holding a knife to his chest in a crashed car and refusing for several hours to surrender.

A public defender was appointed Monday to represent Eddie Junior Rodriguez on felony armed robbery, burglary and attempted robbery charges following his arrest Dec. 23.

Rodriguez remained in custody and wasn't asked to enter a plea. He's being held on $240,000 bail.

Police say Rodriguez told investigators he needed money to buy presents and repay money to his girlfriend.

Police say Rodriguez brandished a knife during heists at four convenience stores, and crashed his car into a ravine while trying to elude police in northwest Las Vegas.

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