Man shot dead by Norco store owner in attempted robbery denied request for house arrest – NBC Los Angeles
A suspect who allegedly tried to rob a Norco liquor store with three others and ended up being shot by the store owner with a shotgun, has been denied a request for house arrest by a judge Monday.
Rasheed DaShawn Lee Belvin, 23, of Los Angeles, suffered a left arm injury last month in the alleged Norco Market & Liquor robbery attempt at 816 Sixth St.
Belvin pleaded not guilty last week to attempted robbery, conspiracy, elder abuse, assault with a firearm, possession of a loaded stolen firearm, possession of an assault weapon, two counts of charge of receiving stolen property and allegations of using a firearm in a crime and victimizing a person over the age of 65.
During a bond review hearing Monday at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Belvin’s attorney filed a motion asking that the court consider placing the defendant on house arrest with a GPS ankle monitor strapped instead of stay locked up in jail.
Armed robbers rushed for cover Sunday morning when a Riverside County liquor store owner opened fire with his own weapon behind the counter. Video aired Monday, August 2, 2022 on NBC4 News at 5 p.m.
After hearing objections from prosecutors, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Sean Crandell denied the request and ordered that Belvin be held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. His bail was previously set at $500,000.
Belvin’s co-defendants – Davon Anthony Broadus, 24, of Inglewood, Justin Kyle Johnson, 22, of Inglewood, and Jamar Elijah Williams, 26, of Las Vegas – were arrested earlier this month for attempted of theft, elder abuse, possession of a stolen firearm, as well as allegations of ameliorating the sentence of using a firearm in a crime and victimizing one more person 65 years old.
Each of the three are being held on $500,000 bail – Broadus at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, Johnson at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and Williams at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
All of the defendants, including Belvin, are due to appear together for a crime resolution conference on Oct. 7.
According to Sheriff Captain Mike Koehler, shortly before 3 a.m. on July 31, the four suspected robbers drove into the parking lot of Norco Market & Liquor, exiting a BMW SUV holding guns.
“These suspects approached the entrance to the business … wearing face coverings and balaclavas,” Koehler said. the suspects to flee.”
Store owner James Craig Cope, 80, told a newspaper he had “a long gun pointed directly at me”, referring to Belvin allegedly carrying an AR-15.
“It was either him or me, and I was a little faster,” Cope said.
“I never thought about it much,” Cope said, when asked how it felt to be called a “local hero.” “I think others would have done the same if they had been in the same situation.”
Belvin is said to have fled the establishment, shouting: “He pulled my arm!”
Prosecutors alleged the foursome went to Placentia-Linda Hospital in Orange County, where Belvin sought medical treatment.
Placentia police were alerted because a firearm was involved in the patient’s injury, and they discovered Broadus, Johnson and Williams in the SUV, parked outside the hospital, according to the district attorney’s office.
“They just thought it was an old man here,” Cope said in a previous interview with NBCLA. “I’m sure they didn’t expect to be in jail or in the hospital today.”
The three men, who were not injured, were taken into custody without incident after it was confirmed that the BMW had been reported stolen.
“The vehicle was found to contain numerous stolen firearms,” Koehler said.
The defendants were eventually turned over to Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Koehler said further investigation, relying on the store’s security surveillance video, confirmed that Cope opened fire in self-defense. He was not injured.
The defendants have no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
“I think they’ll learn their lesson…but other people should have different thoughts because it just won’t pay off in the long run,” Cope said.