"America's Next Top Model" finalist ordered to stand trial tied to home break-in in Palm Springs

A judge ruled there was enough evidence to stand trial following a preliminary hearing

INDIO, Calif. - A 27-year-old who was a finalist on ``America's Next Top Model'' was ordered to stand trial on charges in four criminal cases in Riverside County, including a break-in at a Palm Springs residence.


A judge ruled there was enough evidence for Palm Springs resident Renee Diane Alway to stand trial following a preliminary hearing at Indio's Larson Justice Center, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

Alway, who finished in the top three of Cycle 8 of ``America's Next Top Model,'' which aired in 2007 on The CW, is in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail.


Alway is due back in court on Oct. 21.


Alway was arrested on June 28, after someone reported a ``suspicious female'' in the area and arriving officers found an open back door at a residence in the 600 block of Violeta Drive.

Officers found Alway hiding in the garage on Violeta, Palm Springs police Sgt. Harvey Reed said.


``Officers were informed that the residents were out of the country and that the property should be vacant,'' Reed said earlier.


Reed said officers previously thought an armed man was inside the residence, and Palm Springs and Cathedral City police sent SWAT officers. Later that night, after the residence was searched, authorities concluded no one else was inside, Reed said.


Alway is charged in four criminal cases, three filed in July and one in June with felony and misdemeanor charges that include burglary, intent to defraud, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, grand theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to court records.


District Attorney's Office Public Information Officer John Hall said two 

misdemeanor petty theft counts were dismissed in the June case.

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