Daquan Gray. Photo: Palm Springs PD

A suspected gang member accused in an attack on a man who was robbed immediately after being struck by a car and seriously injured, was charged Thursday with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Daquan Gray, 21, of Palm Springs, pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include sentence-enhancing allegations of criminal street gang activity, stemming from the June 6 crime outside a Palm Springs gas station in the 3600 block of North Indian Canyon Drive.

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Sgt. William Hutchinson alleged that Gray and an unknown number of other suspects, who remain at large, asked the 25-year-old victim where he was from and yelled out their gang’s name in an attempt to “intimidate, harass and inform the victim that he was in a gang-controlled area.”

Hutchinson said the victim tried to walk away, but while crossing the street, was struck by the suspects’ vehicle and then robbed. The man, whose name was withheld, was hospitalized with serious injuries, the sergeant said.

Gray was arrested Tuesday at James O. Jessie Desert Highland Park. Police also served search warrants for his car and home, where a loaded gun was found, according to police, who have not disclosed whether a weapon was used during the robbery.

Palm Springs police are seeking the public’s help in identifying any of the other suspects involved. Anyone with information was asked to call the Palm Springs Police Department at (760) 323-8116 or Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.

Gray, who’s being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on $250,000 bail, is scheduled to return to court June 26 for a felony settlement conference.

–City News Service

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