A state prison parolee was ordered Friday to stand trial on seven felony charges for allegedly robbing five sex bookstore patrons during a six-day crime spree in September, 1989.
Steven Vincent Price, 30, of Encino was charged with two counts of kidnaping for the purpose of robbery and five counts of robbery. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.
During a preliminary hearing in San Fernando Municipal Court Friday, five men identified Price as the man who robbed them at knifepoint. Several of the victims initially encountered him in one of two sex bookstores, Talk of the Valley Books or Le Sex Shoppe. Others said he surprised them in the parking lots.
All of the attacks occurred in the early morning hours between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10. Price had been paroled from state prison on Aug. 8, said Deputy Dist. Atty. David R. Lopez. Price had been serving time for a 1987 robbery, Lopez said.