A 24-year-old convicted felon accused of holding up a Moreno Valley convenience store using a knife pleaded not guilty Thursday to armed robbery.
Kamonte Ramone Miller of Perris was arrested Monday following a nearly weeklong Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
Miller was arraigned before Superior Court Judge David Gunn, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for March 29 at the Riverside Hall of Justice and set the defendant’s bail at $130,000.
Miller is being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Marcuse, Miller allegedly perpetrated the holdup in the 12000 block of Frederick Street, just south of the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway, on March 10.
Marcuse alleged that Miller entered the business about 10:30 p.m., pulled a knife on the clerk, ordered him to step aside, then went behind the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.
No one was injured.
Marcuse alleged Miller fled immediately afterward in an unknown direction, and patrol deputies responding to the victim’s 911 call searched the area without success.
Marcuse said detectives picked up leads, including video from the Moreno Valley Citywide Camera System, that ultimately identified Miller as the perpetrator, culminating in an arrest warrant being served at his residence near the intersection of Marigold Drive and Old Evans Road.
Miller was taken into custody without incident.
Court records show he has a prior felony conviction in another jurisdiction, but the offense was not specified.