Three gang members who allegedly perpetrated a takeover robbery at a Jurupa Valley marijuana store in which two employees were shot must stand trial on numerous felony charges, a judge ruled Monday.
Following a preliminary hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for Andrew Lamar Cage, 32, Kevin Anthony Washington, 29, and Maurice DeWayne Whitley, 33, all of Jurupa Valley.
Magno ordered Cage to answer to charges of attempted robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and gang activity, while Washington was ordered to answer charges of attempted murder, robbery, gang activity and being a felon with a gun.
Whitley must stand trial on one count each of attempted murder, being a felon with a pistol and possession of illegal drugs, along with two counts of assault with a firearm, with sentence-enhancing gang allegations.
The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Jan. 12.
Only Cage is free, on a $425,000 bond. Washington and Whitely are each being held in lieu of $1 million bail — Washington at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, Whitley at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
A fourth defendant, 33-year-old Tyrale Lee Holley of Jurupa Valley, pleaded guilty on Oct. 20 to firearm assault with a sentence-enhancing gang allegation and was sentenced to 16 years in state prison.
On the night of Aug. 28, 2019, the defendants allegedly forced their way into the cannabis shop in the 2700 block of Rubidous Boulevard, armed with pistols, and opened fire on at least three employees, hitting two, one of whom was seriously wounded, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Nathan Padilla.
The defendants allegedly grabbed products and money inside the store, then fled.
Detectives eventually developed leads pointing to the defendants as the alleged bandits, culminating in their arrests at the end of last year.
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