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DA merges cases of men held in fast-food robbery, tied to City College shooting

Charlie Hola, left, along with Tevita Kaihea, is a “person of interest” in a fatal Sacramento City College shooting. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian on Thursday granted the prosecutors’ motion to consolidate the shooting case with the Sept. 3 armed robbery of a Florin Road fast-food restaurant and ordered the two defendants to return to court Jan. 8.
Charlie Hola, left, along with Tevita Kaihea, is a “person of interest” in a fatal Sacramento City College shooting. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian on Thursday granted the prosecutors’ motion to consolidate the shooting case with the Sept. 3 armed robbery of a Florin Road fast-food restaurant and ordered the two defendants to return to court Jan. 8. rbyer@sacbee.com

Sacramento County prosecutors on Thursday joined the cases of the Sacramento men held in the Sept. 3 armed robbery of a Florin Road fast-food restaurant – the same pair authorities last month named “persons of interest” in a fatal Sacramento City College shooting just hours after the holdup.

Tevita Kaihea, 19, and Charlie Hola, 19, each faced the robbery charge in different courtrooms, suspected of sticking up a Church’s Chicken restaurant on Florin Road. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian granted prosecutors’ motion to consolidate the case at the brief Thursday appearance and ordered the two return to court Jan. 8.

Sacramento police in late October confirmed Kaihea and Hola were “persons of interest” in the shooting death of Roman P. Gonzalez that happened less than two hours after the restaurant robbery, but Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Jeff Hightower offered no new information on the City College slaying Thursday.

The shooting occurred when Gonzalez and his cousin, Rico Ridgeway, 24, began fighting with two men in a parking lot on the edge of campus. Ridgeway allegedly stabbed one of the men, identified by authorities as Hola.

Hola nearly died in the attack, and Ridgeway faces assault charges in Sacramento Superior Court connected to the attack. Gonzalez and Ridgeway were Sacramento City College students. Hola was a former student. Kaihea had no connection to the campus, said Los Rios Community College District officials.

Police continue to seek a fourth man believed to have fired the shots that killed Gonzalez.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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