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A man and woman who allegedly robbed a Rancho Mirage business and assaulted a store employee were charged with robbery, grand theft and receiving stolen property Wednesday.

Dominic Michael Battiato, 33, and Paige Alisha Groves, 27, were arrested in connection with the 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 robbery of a business in the 34200 block of Monterey Avenue, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Garcia.

Deputies say the duo stole merchandise then assaulted an employee before leaving with the stolen goods. It was unclear if the employee was injured.

Battiato was arrested the following day after deputies served a search warrant at a home in the 46800 block of Jackson Street, while Groves was arrested a few hours later near Madison Street and Highway 111, according to jail records.

At the time of her arrest, Groves was out on bail for an alleged vehicle theft.

Both Groves and Battiato, who remain held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, are slated for a video arraignment this afternoon.

–City News Service

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