On December 20, 2020, four suspects carried out a violent robbery on the grounds of the gated La Quinta community in Riverside County. The suspects allegedly used an AK-47 to bash the heads of two victims until they were unconscious. The suspects then took the men’s valuables and fled. Two other suspects have been previously arrested in connection with the case.
All four suspects are being held in police custody in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Robbery is covered under California Penal Code 211 PC and is described as the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, against his will, accomplished by either force or fear. The term robbery is often used interchangeably with other theft crimes, such as burglary, but robbery and burglary are two very different crimes. Robbery involves taking something from someone else using force or fear, while burglary involves entering a structure in order to steal something or commit a felony.
Robbery is divided into two parts: first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery. The crime an individual is charged with depends on how the crime was committed and who the victim(s) were. The penalties for first-degree robbery include felony probation, 3, 4, or 6 years in California state prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Second-degree robbery is punishable by felony probation, 2, 3, or 5 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Since a gun was used in the commission of the crime, the suspects face significant sentence enhancements if convicted. Under California’s ” 10, 20, life, Use a Gun and You’re Done” law, the suspects face at least an additional 10 years in prison.