A parolee accused of trying to rob a man at gunpoint in Jurupa Valley must stand trial on attempted armed robbery and other charges, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Francisco Arnoldo Chavez, 25, of Jurupa Valley was arrested immediately after the May 25 attempted holdup near his residence in the 3000 block of Pioneer Boulevard.
Following a preliminary hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Molloy found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the robbery count, as well as one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, with sentence-enhancing allegations of committing a crime for the benefit of a street gang, using a gun in the commission of a felony and committing a crime within five years of parole from state prison.
Chavez is potentially on his third strike and could face 25 years to life in state prison if convicted.
Molloy scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Dec. 6. The defendant is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Lodes, 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.
During a 5 p.m. search of the documented gang member’s property, a loaded semiautomatic handgun was seized, he said. 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 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.