An 18-year-old Riverside man dubbed the “Silver Revolver Bandit,” who allegedly shot a shopkeeper during an attempted holdup in Riverside, is in custody Wednesday, according to the Riverside Police Department.
Ray Daniel Morgan is accused in the Dec. 5 shooting of a shopkeeper at the Circle K in the 5700 block of Sycamore Canyon Boulevard. The 11:30 p.m. shooting, which left the victim with a non-life threatening gunshot to his arm, was captured on security surveillance video and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgAZpa9wFFo.
In the video, the suspect can be seen approaching the counter and pulling a silver-plated revolver from underneath his hoodie, then leveling it at the clerk and motioning for the victim to open the cash drawer, while two customers slowly back away from the counter and take cover in the aisles.
The bandit makes his way around the counter and physically pushes the man to the register, which the victim is unable to open. The suspect punches the clerk in the face and heads toward the store exit, firing a shot that hits the victim near the left elbow, according to images.
Patrol officers searched the area, deploying a bloodhound in an effort to pick up the suspect’s trail, but it proved futile.
Police say Morgan was identified as the suspect on Dec. 10 and arrested the following day “without incident.”
Morgan, who’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail, was charged by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office last week with five felony counts, which include robbery, assault with a gun, carjacking and attempted robbery. Morgan pleaded not guilty to all counts last Thursday and is next slated to appear in court Friday for a felony settlement conference.
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