Man pleads not guilty to robbing Menifee store, resisting arrest

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MENIFEE (CNS) – A 30-year-old man accused of swiping liquor from a Menifee grocery store and threatening a clerk, then turning combative with deputies before he was taken into custody, pleaded not guilty today to robbery and resisting arrest.

Devin Thomas Moore was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon, who scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 28 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta and set bail at $30,000 for the defendant, who’s being held at the Byrd Detention Center.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Tinker, the man allegedly grabbed a bottle of booze from a store shelf at the Stater Bros. market in the 25900 block of Newport Road and headed for the exit about 8:30 p.m. last Thursday.

Tinker alleged that when a clerk tried to stop him, Moore “threatened to assault” the victim, who backed off.

Store employees immediately called 911, and deputies converged on the location within a few minutes, locating Moore walking on Newport, according to the sergeant.

Moore ran from the deputies across Newport and was struck by a vehicle before continuing into an adjacent field,” Tinker said.

He said a search of the field over the ensuing two hours did not net the defendant. However, shortly before 11 p.m., a K9 unit caught sight of him leaving the field, and when the deputy and his dog approached, Moore allegedly shoved a nearby shopping cart at the lawman, who was hit by it, but not injured, according to Tinker.

Other patrol deputies chased the probationer as he attempted to flee a second time, but he was quickly apprehended, the sergeant said.

Moore was not hurt in the contact with the vehicle, and he was booked into jail without further incident.

According to court records, he has a prior conviction for driving under the influence.