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Man Who Allegedly Robbed La Quinta Costco, Brandished Knife, to Stand Trial

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An Indio man who allegedly robbed the Costco in La Quinta and threatened an employee with a knife must stand trial for robbery, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Ralph Cervantes, 41, is accused of stealing merchandise on Sept. 6 from the Costco at 79795 Highway 111.

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Cervantes also faces a knife-use allegation for allegedly brandishing a blade at a store employee before running into a nearby neighborhood, prompting sheriff's deputies to set up a perimeter around a portion of the area, according to Lt. David Walton.

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Cervantes was taken into custody on nearby Desert Willow Street and was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio, with bail set at $30,000. He is set to return to court Jan. 10 for a post-preliminary hearing arraignment.

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