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A young man accused of gunning down a 66-year-old shopper at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon during an attempted holdup is slated to be arraigned Monday on murder and other charges.

Reginald Charles Trice, 18, of Victorville was arrested in April 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 scheduled to appear before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Singerton to enter a plea at the Banning Justice Center.

Trice is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, the defendant allegedly confronted Moser shortly before 7 p.m. on March 24 in the 48600 block of Seminole Drive, though the specific location within the mall wasn’t disclosed.

Ramirez said Moser was shot at least once, prompting calls to 911, after which deputies and paramedics converged on the location. Life-saving measures were tried, 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 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 on April 21, according to the sheriff’s spokesman.

The defendant was taken into custody without incident.

He has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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