A Menifee man is behind bars today and his accomplice is expected to turn himself in to law enforcement authorities tomorrow after allegedly beating up and robbing an acquaintance, officials reported.
The assault took place on Monday Apr. 9 at about 10:30 p.m. near the area of Goetz Road and South Canyon Drive in Menifee.
Officers from the Menifee Police Department showed up to the scene and learned that the victim was sitting in his car when Kenneth Criger and Johnny Coring, both 25-years-old, approached the car and began assaulting him, a Riverside County Sheriff’s press release stated.
“The victim and suspects have some kind of relationship,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Hoxmeir said. “One person owed money to the other and they met up to make the exchange.”
He said that as Criger was assaulting the victim, Coring flashed a gun.
“This case is a little different because the victim and suspect know each other, but, if you have to meet someone and are feeling uncomfortable be sure to meet in a public and well-lit place,” Sgt. Hoxmeier explained.
Search warrants were served at the suspect’s Menifee residence’s where officers found the victim’s stolen property, drugs and weapons.
Criger was subsequently arrested and booked in the Southwest Detention Center on charges of armed robbery.
Corning retained an attorney as is expected to turn himself in tomorrow at the Perris Police station with his attorney, it was reported.
Anyone with information about this ongoing investigation is urged to call Detective Johnson with the Menifee Police Department at 951-201-0540.
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