Indio man pleads not guilty for alleged robbery at La Quinta Costco

INDIO, Calif. - An Indio man who allegedly robbed the Costco in La Quinta and threatened an employee with a knife pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery and a knife use allegation.

Ralph Cervantes, 41, is accused of stealing merchandise at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday from the store.

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Cervantes allegedly brandished a knife at a store employee before running away from the scene. He was eventually detained after hiding in a gated community on Desert Willow Street.

Cervantes was taken into custody on nearby Desert Willow Street.

He was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio, with bail set at $30,000. Cervantes will return to court September 19 for a felony settlement conference.

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