A probationer and another young man accused of holding up multiple businesses in Moreno Valley were charged Thursday with robbery and other felonies.
Daviontae Joseph Sargent, 20, and Geuntae Kobe McDaniel, 18, both of Moreno Valley, were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside Tuesday following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation.
Sargent is charged with three counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted robbery, while McDaniel is charged with six counts of armed robbery, two counts of assault with a firearm and one count of attempted robbery.
Both defendants are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and are slated to make a joint initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Harding said the duo came under investigation immediately after a holdup at a business in the 12000 block of Perris Boulevard about 9 p.m. Monday.
Harding alleged that the defendants confronted a clerk at the store, brandishing a handgun and demanding cash, which the victim relinquished, and the men fled.
Detectives obtained evidence at the scene that led them to McDaniel and Sargent, Harding said, and the pair were tracked down and taken into custody without a struggle at separate locations in the predawn hours Tuesday.
In the process of investigating the initial holdup, detectives allegedly linked the men to four other recent robberies, including one in the 24600 block of Sunnymead Boulevard, another in the 12200 block of Pigeon Pass Road, and two in the 12200 block of Perris Boulevard, Harding said.
McDaniel has a prior felony conviction, though details were not available.
Sargent has a prior robbery conviction, as well as a misdemeanor conviction for trespassing on school property.
–City News Service