Probationer Charged with Convenience Store Shootings


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SANTA ANA (CNS) - A 33-year-old parolee with a lengthy criminal record was behind bars today on charges of shooting up a convenience store in Garden Grove when his credit card was turned down and opening fire on 7-Eleven store in Fountain Valley a few days later.

Odis Richard Cox of Buena Park was charged Monday with a count of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, a prohibited person owning ammunition, discharge of a firearm at an inhabited dwelling and shooting from a motor vehicle, all felonies. He also faces sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a firearm and being armed in the commission of a felony.

Garden Grove police were called to a convenience store in the 8900 block of Chapman Avenue just before 2 a.m. Nov. 15 when an irate customer fired seven rounds at a clerk behind the counter, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office. The clerk was not injured. The customer also allegedly shot out the store's front window as he drove away, prosecutors said.

Cox is also accused of shooting at a 7-Eleven store at 10950 Warner Ave. in Fountain Valley on Nov. 18, according to the criminal complaint.

Cox pleaded guilty in August 2019 to a felony count of buying or receiving a stolen vehicle or equipment and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and on May 20 to a felony count of robbery as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and brandishing a weapon, according to court records.

Cox was also on probation out of San Mateo County and parole supervision in Los Angeles County, according to court records.

While out of custody since his plea deal in May, Cox ``has made no positive progress,'' according to probation officials. ``He continues to struggle with addiction and failed to get into treatment as directed by probation. He has refused to utilize any community resources constructively despite being provided with referrals for assistance in these areas.''

Cox has a criminal history dating back to 2009, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty in July of last year to leading police on a chase, a felony, as well as misdemeanor counts of theft with a prior felony conviction for stealing a vehicle, falsely representing himself to an officer, hit-and-run with property damage and buying or receiving a stolen vehicle, according to court records.


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