A felon accused of using a pipe to smash windows at a Temecula elementary school while students were in classes pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges that will be the subject of a preliminary hearing this month.
Raymond Dewey Amick, 38, of Temecula, was arrested Friday and pleaded not guilty Tuesday to burglary, vandalism, disturbing the peace and loitering at a school in session.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark set a preliminary hearing for Sept. 14 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta and ordered Amick held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the neighboring Byrd Detention Center.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Joseph Greco, about 2 p.m. Friday, the defendant began roaming the grounds of Rancho Elementary School in the 31300 block of La Serena Way.
For reasons still under investigation, Amick allegedly obtained a “large pipe” and began breaking windows near an entrance to the school, possibly attempting to force his way inside, Greco said.
Patrol deputies converged on the location within a few minutes, and the school was placed on lockdown “for staff and child safety,” the sergeant said.
Before he was taken into custody, Amick allegedly damaged a car with the pipe, but no other property was vandalized, according to Greco.
He said no one was hurt, except for the defendant, who suffered superficial injuries while allegedly knocking out the windows.
Amick was treated by paramedics and booked into jail.
According to court records, he has prior convictions for spousal abuse, possession of controlled substances and illegal possession of a firearm.