A parolee accused of trying to rob a man at gunpoint in Jurupa Valley was charged Thursday with attempted armed robbery and other offenses.
Francisco Arnoldo Chavez, 26, of Jurupa Valley was arrested last week immediately after the attempted holdup near his residence in the 3000 block of Pioneer Boulevard.
Along with the attempted robbery count, Chavez is charged with gang activity, being a convicted felon in possession of a gun and a sentence-enhancing allegation of committing a crime within five years of parole from state prison.
Chavez pleaded not guilty during an arraignment Thursday afternoon before Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Gunn, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for June 11 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The defendant is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Indio Jail.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Lodes, about 5 p.m. Friday, members of the county’s regional gang task force conducted a parolee compliance check at Chavez’s home to ensure he was abiding by the terms of his release earlier this year.
Lodes alleged that during a search of the documented gang member’s property, a loaded semiautomatic handgun was seized. As the defendant was being taken into custody for the alleged weapon violation, deputies received word that a holdup had occurred minutes before, a couple of blocks away, and the description of the bandit matched Chavez, the sergeant said.
He said the victim positively identified the convicted felon as the person who allegedly tried to forcibly steal his belongings.
Chavez was taken into custody without a struggle.
According to court records, he has prior convictions for robbery and gang activity.
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