A 30-year-old felon accused of trying to rob three people around Perris with a sawed-off shotgun was charged Friday with three counts of attempted robbery and other offenses.

Byron Alexander Maquiz of Perris was arrested Wednesday night following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation.

Along with the attempted robbery counts, Maquiz is charged with sentence-enhancing gun use allegations and probation violations.

The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, was slated to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Boyd, between 5:40 and 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, the defendant allegedly targeted the victims in various locations, brandishing the shotgun and demanding money.

Court records indicate that none of the victims complied, but no injuries were reported.

Boyd alleged that the attempted robbery series ended in the 400 block of South G Street, with Maquiz fleeing the location.

“An extensive search of the area was conducted, and deputies located the suspect in his vehicle in the 600 block of Indian Hills Circle,” Boyd said.

Maquiz matched the description provided by each of the three victims and was taken into custody without incident.

According to court records, the defendant has prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily injury, felony vandalism, possession of controlled substances and evading a peace officer.

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