Man accused in armed robbery of Coachella dispensary pleads not guilty – kuna noticias y kuna radio

A 34-year-old felon accused in an armed robbery at a marijuana dispensary in Coachella pleaded not guilty to robbery today.

In addition to the robbery charge, Carlos Ernesto Vasquez of Cathedral City was charged with one felony count each of assault with a gun and burglary, according to court records. He additionally faces sentence enhancing allegations of using a firearm.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and denied the allegations Thursday afternoon at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.   

Deputies responded around 2 a.m. on Jan. 11 to a report of a burglary at the business in the 86000 block of Avenue 54, according to Sgt. Thomas Anderson of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

“During the investigation, it was determined the suspect forced his way into the business and when confronted by an onsite security guard, brandished a short-barreled shotgun,” Anderson said in a statement. “The security guard was able to escape unharmed and the incident was captured on
video surveillance.”  

The Coachella Community Action Team assumed the investigation and subsequently identified Vasquez as the suspect in the incident, according to Anderson. He was found in the 79200 block of Highway 111 in La Quinta

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