An Indio man who allegedly robbed the Costco in La Quinta and threatened an employee with a knife was charged Friday with robbery and a knife use allegation.

Ralph Cervantes, 41, is accused of stealing merchandise at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday from the Costco at 79795 Highway 111.

Cervantes allegedly brandished a knife at a store employee before running into a nearby neighborhood, prompting sheriff’s deputies to set up a perimeter around a portion of the area, according to Lt. David Walton. Cervantes was taken into custody on nearby Desert Willow Street.

He was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio, with bail set at $30,000.

–City News Service

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