Felony charges were filed Thursday against a felon accused of orchestrating an armed home invasion robbery at the Palm Springs residence of a man he met through a dating app.

Juan Lopez-Villanueva, 26, of Cathedral City was arrested late Monday and is charged with five counts of robbery and one count of burglary. The alleged crimes involved four separate victims, court papers say.

Lopez-Villanueva also faces sentence-enhancing allegations of using a gun during the commission of a felony.

He remains in custody without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Friday.

The robbery was reported about 1 a.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of East Ramon Road, according to the Palm Springs Police Department. Police said the suspect arrived at the unnamed victim’s house after meeting the resident online.

Lopez-Villanueva then allegedly let two other suspects inside, who assisted in the robbery. Court papers say Lopez-Villanueva stole a wallet and other belongings totaling fewer than $950.

Police said Lopez-Villanueva grabbed the victim’s car keys and drove away in his car, but no vehicle theft charges were filed.

Authorities arrested him Monday somewhere on Calle Bella in Coachella, jail records show. It was not immediately clear how investigators identified him as a suspect.

The investigation into the whereabouts of the other suspects was continuing, police said.

At the time of his arrest, Lopez-Villanueva had an active bench warrant out for his arrest stemming from an unresolved drug case from 2019.

He has prior felony convictions in Riverside County for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and negligent discharge of a firearm, court records show.

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