A convicted felon accused of holding a Moreno Valley man at gunpoint and stealing his possessions was charged Thursday with armed robbery.
Anthony Ray Lopez, 21, was arrested Monday following a three-week investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Along with the robbery count, Lopez is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a gun in the commission of a felony.
He’s being held in lieu of $30,000 bail and is slated to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Harding, Lopez allegedly contacted the victim, whose identity was not released, on March 4, expressing interest in a gaming console that the man had advertised via the OfferUp app.
The defendant and victim made arrangements to meet that evening at a restaurant in the 23000 block of Sunnymead Boulevard to settle on the purchase, Harding said.
Shortly before 10 p.m., the victim connected with Lopez, and as the two discussed business, the convicted felon allegedly brandished a handgun and demanded that the man relinquish the electronic gear and other possessions, the sergeant said.
Lopez allegedly fled the location, and the seller called 911.
In the ensuing weeks, detectives developed leads pointing to the defendant as the alleged perpetrator and obtained a search warrant, which was served at his residence in the 800 block of Caden Place on Monday afternoon. The console and other evidence were seized, Harding said.
Lopez was taken into custody without incident.
Court records show he has a prior conviction that disqualifies him from probation, but the offense was not specified.