Knife wielding shoplifter in Menifee arrested

Police just released information that on Thursday July 17, a man was arrested along with his accomplices for robbery and pulling a knife out on a security guard at Kohl’s in Menifee. The armed suspect had three children in tow at the time of the robbery.

Richard Nartates, 26, of Hemet, was nabbed following his alleged robbery of the Kohl’s department store in Menifee and a grocery store in Hemet. Two women, Yevette Nieves, 25, of San Jacinto, and Jennifer Garcia, 24, of Santa Fe Springs, were also arrested in connection with the thefts, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Nartates was confrontational Thursday with security guards who suspected he stole merchandise from the Kohl’s store. Nartates and his alleged accomplices fled in a car along with the children and headed to a Winco grocery store in Hemet, sheriff’s authorities said.

Nartates was confrontational a second time with a security guard and allegedly pulled out the knife. A description of the suspect’s vehicle led deputies to arrest him at Evans and Hewitt streets. Both stores recovered their stolen property the sheriff’s department reported.

Records show Nartates was booked for suspicion of second-degree robbery, willful harm to a child and other offenses. He remained in custody today in lieu of $35,000 bail. Nieves, a probationer, was also booked for suspicion of second-degree burglary and remained behind bars in lieu of $35,000 bail. Garcia’s name did not appear in jail records. The children were placed with Child Protective Services.

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