Twentynine Palms man arrested on elder abuse charges

MECCA, Calif. -  A Twentynine Palms man suspected of trying to rob an older woman in Mecca was behind bars today.

Dennis Delgado Moralez, 39, was arrested at Seventh Street and Date Palm arrested about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, about an hour after the attempted robbery was reported in the 91-000 block of Fourth Street, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and jail records.

Moralez drove to the home, allegedly brandished a handgun and demanded money from an elderly woman, sheriff's Sgt. Mike Tapp said.

Deputies, who spotted Moralez in the front yard, saw him run through some backyards and soon captured him and recovered a gun, Tapp said.

Moralez was booked into the county jail in Indio on suspicion of attempted robbery and elder abuse. He was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail, according to jail records.

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