A 23-year-old parolee accused of climbing through the drive-thru window of a Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Moreno Valley and emptying the cash register while threatening employees with a gun pleaded not guilty Thursday to robbery and weapons charges.
David Akau of Moreno Valley was arrested in Riverside on Tuesday stemming from an alleged robbery reported earlier that day at the Carl’s Jr. at 25055 Elder Ave. in Moreno Valley.
Akau was charged with robbery and assault with a gun, and faces multiple sentence-enhancements, including allegations he used a gun in the commission of a felony, and that he allegedly committed the robbery while out on bail in a separate case.
After his arraignment, his bail was set at $500,000. He remains in custody at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, with a felony settlement conference set for Aug. 11 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Marcuse, deputies responded to the Carl’s Jr. about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday on a robbery call in which witnesses said somebody had pulled up to the drive-thru window brandishing a handgun and demanded money of an employee, who immediately fled. The suspect then allegedly climbed through the window and threatened employees with a gun before taking money from the cash register and leaving.
Investigators used a citywide camera system in Moreno Valley, along with other “investigative tools,” to identify Akau as the suspect, and he was arrested later in the day, according to Marcuse.
Court records show Akau was out on bail during his latest arrest on charges including carrying a concealed bladed weapon, possessing an imitation firearm and possessing drug paraphernalia, which stemmed from an arrest in March.
Akau has prior felony convictions in Riverside County including robbery and grand theft, according to records.