A Burbank man accused of stabbing three Sears Roebuck employees after he was caught trying to steal a box of electric shavers was ordered by a judge Thursday to stand trial on assault and robbery charges.
The man, Loui Peter Rudas, 35, faces up to 21 years in prison if convicted of the three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one robbery charge stemming from the June 12 incident at the Sears store in North Hollywood, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ron L. Smalstig said.
Plainclothes Sears security guards watched a man, later identified as Rudas, on closed-circuit television as he put electric shavers into a box and began to walk out of the store, security manager Marvin Ramsey said during Rudas' preliminary hearing.
Ramsey testified that he stopped Rudas outside the store and ordered him to surrender, but that Rudas dropped the box of shavers and ran. Ramsey said he caught Rudas, whereupon the man stabbed him and continued to run.