A young man accused of gunning down a 66-year-old shopper at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon during an attempted holdup was charged Monday with murder and other offenses.
Reginald Charles Trice, 18, of Victorville was arrested Thursday following a nearly monthlong investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department into the slaying of Michael Moser of Palm Springs.
Along with murder, Trice is charged with attempted robbery and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
He’s being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and was slated to make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, the defendant allegedly confronted Moser shortly before 7 p.m. on March 24 on the mall property, in the 48600 block of Seminole Drive.
Ramirez said that Moser was shot at least once, prompting calls to 911, after which deputies and paramedics converged on the location.
Life-saving measures were attempted, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
It was unclear why Moser was targeted, and investigators did not disclose whether he put up a struggle during the robbery.
There was no sign of the shooter when deputies reached the mall. However, Ramirez said that over the ensuing weeks, detectives developed leads pointing to Trice as the alleged assailant. A warrant was obtained and served at his residence in the 15500 block of Morada Road Thursday morning, according to the sheriff’s spokesman.
The defendant was taken into custody without incident.
Trice has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.