A man accused of stabbing a Corona manufacturing plant employee during a robbery outside the business must stand trial for attempted murder and other offenses, a judge ruled Thursday.
Oscar Moreno, 25, was arrested a year ago after the alleged attack in the 300 block of El Sobrante Road, near Quarry Street.
Following a preliminary hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Donner found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the attempted murder count, as well as robbery and sentence-enhancing weapon and great bodily injury allegations.
Donner scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Sept. 19 at the Riverside Hall of Justice and left the defendant’s bail set at $1 million.
Moreno is being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to Corona police Sgt. Chad Fountain, about 5 p.m. on Sept. 26, , 2018, the victim, whose identity was not disclosed, was walking to his vehicle during a coffee break at the plant when Moreno allegedly confronted him with a knife.
The defendant stabbed the man in the upper body and took several of his personal items, then fled the area, investigators alleged.
Witnesses called 911, and the victim was taken to Corona Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and has since recovered.
Fountain said detectives quickly developed leads pointing to Moreno as the alleged assailant, and he was located less than two hours later at his residence near the intersection of Ontario Avenue and Via Pacifica. He was taken into custody without a struggle.
Fountain alleged evidence connected to the attack was found in the defendant’s possession.
Moreno has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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