A 19-year-old man accused of committing three armed robberies in Moreno Valley and trying to shoot at least one of his victims pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges.
Davonte Grandy of Moreno Valley, who was arrested Tuesday following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation that began last month, is charged with three counts of armed robbery and one count each of assault using a semiautomatic firearm and conspiracy.
He was arraigned before Superior Court Judge David Gunn, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for June 2 at the Riverside Hall of Justice and ordered the defendant held in lieu of $105,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Julio De Leon, the alleged robbery series occurred between April 8 and May 15, targeting individuals at different businesses.
De Leon alleged that in each holdup, Grandy would level a handgun at his victims, demanding money. Court documents identified the weapon as a 9mm pistol.
No one was injured during the robberies. However, documents indicate that the defendant allegedly tried to fire the gun during the last holdup on May 15.
The amount of money taken during the robberies was not disclosed.
Detectives identified Grandy as the alleged perpetrator after collecting security surveillance video images and other evidence that wasn’t specified by sheriff’s officials.
A search warrant was served Tuesday afternoon at the defendant’s residence in the 23700 block of Sunnymead Boulevard, where deputies seized “an unregistered firearm, ammunition and stolen property,” De Leon said.
Grandy was taken into custody without incident.
He has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.