RIVERSIDE – Three of four Hemet men who committed back-to-back robberies in Murrieta, assaulting individuals who attempted to thwart them, were sentenced Wednesday, June 7, to prison terms ranging from two to four years.
Richard Lee Ingram, 22, Desean Ryan Swan, 25, and Jordan Spencer Talley, 21, pleaded guilty last month to robbery. Swan additionally pleaded guilty to assault likely to produce great bodily injury.
In exchange for admitting their culpability, related robbery and assault charges against each man were dropped.
Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez certified the terms of the plea deals and imposed the sentences stipulated by the prosecution and defense – four years for Swan and two years for Ingram and Talley.
Their co-defendant, 20-year-old Darnell Sharieff Swan of Hemet, was also slated to be sentenced to a two-year term but was unable to reach the Riverside Hall of Justice due to apparent car trouble. His sentencing hearing is expected to be rescheduled for another day this month.
A 17-year-old Hemet boy was arrested with the men in October, but his case was referred to juvenile court, where it’s pending resolution.
According to Murrieta police, the defendants went into the Super Target at 27818 Clinton Keith Road on the afternoon of Oct. 28, grabbed an undisclosed number of alcoholic beverages and ran out of the store, with a security guard in pursuit.
One of the men turned and struck the guard in the face while fleeing toward a waiting getaway car, Lt. Tony Conrad said.
He said the robbers left the area before patrol units arrived. Less than 20 minutes later, 911 dispatchers received reports of a similar crime at the Albertsons grocery store at 28047 Scott Road. In that instance, the defendants also swiped several liquor bottles and headed straight for the exit, Conrad said.
When a bystander tried to block their path, one of the defendants struck and pushed him out of the way, according to the lieutenant.
Witnesses provided a description of their vehicle and license plate, and the information was passed on to surrounding law enforcement agencies. Conrad said sheriff’s deputies spotted the car northbound on Interstate 215 in Perris and gave chase.
The pursuit continued onto city streets, and the defendants bailed on foot in a parking lot in the 1700 block of Trumble Road but were quickly apprehended without further incident.
The Super Target security guard and the good Samaritan who tried to intervene at the Albertsons were treated by paramedics but did not require hospitalization.
Court records show Darnell Swan has prior convictions for child endangerment and driving under the influence of drugs, while Talley has a prior conviction for obstructing a peace officer. The other two men do not have documented prior misdemeanor or felony convictions.