Man robs several stores and uses blowtorch to threaten employees (video)

Jermeile Hairston 
By: Mahesh Sarin 

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of armed robbery after allegedly robbing several convenience stores armed with a blowtorch, prosecutors in California said.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that 41-year-old Jermeile Hairston was charged with robbing three convenience stores in Glendale, Long Beach and Carson, armed with the blowtorch and a Taser.

Hairston faces three counts each of second-degree robbery and criminal threats and one count of possession of flammable material.

Hairston was previously convicted of aggravated robbery in Hamilton, Ohio. Arraignment took place in Department 1 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Glendale Branch.

During the robberies, Hairston threatened to kill the store employees, the prosecutor said.