Man pleads guilty to robbing Norco retailer


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – An ex-con who held up a Norco store and fled with all the cash he could grab pleaded guilty today to robbery.

Dwayne Wardell Haw, 38, of Corona, was arrested Oct. 7, the same day as the robbery.

During a status hearing Tuesday morning at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Haw’s public defender and prosecutors informed Superior Court Judge David Gunn that a plea agreement had been reached. Haw admitted the robbery count in exchange for misdemeanor charges of driving on a revoked license and having contraband in jail being dropped.

Gunn scheduled a sentencing hearing for Nov. 21. Haw is being held in lieu of $115,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Torres, about 3:30 a.m. Oct. 7, the defendant went into a retail outlet in the 2600 block of Hamner Avenue, just west of Interstate 15, threatened the clerk with what appeared to be a handgun and demanded all the money from the register.

The victim turned over cash from “the evening’s sales,” at which point Haw fled, Torres said.

Haw managed to elude responding deputies. However, detectives soon developed leads pointing to Haw as the bandit, and late that afternoon, he was spotted driving a Nissan Maxima with expired tags on Lincoln Boulevard in Corona, where he was stopped and taken into custody without a struggle, according to the sergeant.

Court records show Haw has prior convictions for burglary, spousal abuse and possession of controlled substances.