An ex-con accused of robbing a Jurupa Valley business while armed with a high-capacity semiautomatic pistol pleaded not guilty Wednesday to multiple felony offenses.

James Joseph Ysais, 22, was arrested earlier this month during a Riverside County sheriff’s raid on a residence in the 1000 block of 50th Street in Jurupa Valley.

Ysais is charged with robbery, street gang activity, being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, five counts of assault with a firearm and two counts of possession of controlled substances.

He was arraigned before Superior Court Judge David Gunn, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for June 20 at the Riverside Hall of Justice and left the defendant’s bail set at $1.1 million. The defendant is being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Lodes, on May 10, Ysais allegedly confronted several people in the 10000 block of Palomino Drive, brandishing a firearm at the victims but not shooting. The circumstances were not specified.

The defendant left the location and eluded deputies, Lodes said. However, witnesses identified the documented gang member as the alleged perpetrator.

In the ensuing investigation, detectives tied Ysais to an armed robbery on May 2 in Jurupa Valley and began developing leads on his possible whereabouts, according to Lodes.

The defendant was soon traced to the 50th Street address, and sheriff’s anti-gang personnel executed a search warrant at the residence, where they allegedly seized a submachine-gun style semiautomatic handgun, ammunition, high-capacity magazines and methamphetamine, Lodes said.

Ysais was taken into custody without a struggle.

According to court records, he has prior convictions for assault with a firearm, assault resulting in great bodily injury and street gang activity.

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