Felony charges were filed Thursday against two convicted felons accused in an armed robbery in Palm Springs in which they allegedly shot at the victim while he chased them down after robbery.
Oscar Munguia-Ramirez, 25, and Willard Giron Jr., 21, both of Thousand Palms, were arrested Monday night in connection to a robbery reported that morning in a hotel parking lot in the 1200 block of East Palm Canyon Drive.
Giron was charged with robbery, shooting at a vehicle and for being a driver of a vehicle permitting discharge of a firearm.
Munguia-Ramirez was charged with one count each of robbery, shooting at a vehicle, discharge of a firearm in negligent manner and for being a convicted felon in possession of a loaded firearm, along with other weapons-related charges.
Both are scheduled to be arraigned Friday via video conference from lock up before a judge at the Banning Justice Center.
According to the Palm Springs Police Department, a man reported he was grabbing items from his vehicle when another man, armed with a handgun, approached and demanded he give up various personal belongings.
Police said the man then fired a bullet at the ground and grabbed the victim’s items before jumping into a getaway car.
The suspects then shot several rounds from their vehicle when they noticed the victim following them, police alleged.
Police identified Munguia-Ramirez as the man who pulled off the robbery, and said Giron acted as his getaway driver.
When officers attempted to pull over the suspects, Munguia-Ramirez allegedly fled on foot into Sunrise Park before being arrested. Giron was also arrested.
Police said they found a loaded 10mm Glock handgun in a nearby public swimming pool that had been allegedly tossed by Munguia-Ramirez as he fled into the park.
Both suspects are convicted felons who were serving probation terms at the time of their arrests.
The pair remain jailed at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where Munguia-Ramirez is being held on $60,00 bail and Giron, $30,000 bail.
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