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EAST VENTURA COUNTY FOCUS

Man Indicted in Pizza Parlor Robbery

October 20, 1995|LISA M. BOWMAN

A Reseda man who was paralyzed during a gun battle with police in June was indicted this week on separate charges related to the robbery of a Simi Valley Pizza Hut in January.

Robert Wayne Cunningham, 31, faces one count of robbery, including a special allegation that he allegedly used a firearm in the Jan. 19 crime. His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 27.

Prosecutor Donald Glynn said that the Pizza Hut robbery was one of the incidents that prompted the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Investigations Section to investigate Cunningham.

Officers from that unit followed Cunningham and Daniel Joseph Soly, 26, into Ventura County on June 26 and watched them rob a liquor store, authorities said. Following the robbery, the pair engaged in a gunfight with about two dozen police officers that left Soly dead, officials said. Cunningham and two officers were wounded.

Cunningham has been charged with murder, three counts of attempted murder of a police officer and two counts of robbery for that crime. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to go to trial on Jan. 8, 1996.

At Cunningham's arraignment, prosecutors are expected ask that both cases be joined for trial.

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