Probationer convicted of motel robbery with help of girlfriend

A 21-year-old probationer and his girlfriend pleaded guilty Thursday to armed robbery for holding a couple at a Riverside motel, which resulted in the convicted felon being immediately sentenced to 13 years in state prison.

Hemet’s Eric David Anderson admitted the robbery charge, along with a sentencing-enhancing firearms allegation, under a plea agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors dropped a related charge in exchange for his admission.

Jasmine Roxie Boyd, 20, of Rialto also pleaded guilty to armed robbery as part of a settlement with prosecutors.

Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane imposed on Anderson the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense. She postponed Boyd’s sentencing until February 17 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Boyd is free on $60,000 bail.

According to Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback, Anderson and Boyd forced their way into a motel room in the 10600 block of Magnolia Avenue near Nye Avenue around 1 a.m. on April 27, 2021, and held the victims at gunpoint as they ransacked the room.

The flight was over within minutes and no one was injured, Railsback said.

Railsback did not reveal what was stolen. The names of the victims have not been released.

Detectives identified Boyd as one of the bandits within a week and arrested her without incident on West Street in Rialto on May 4.

Property seized during the heist and other evidence was seized from Boyd’s apartment, Railsback said.

Further investigation eventually led to Anderson, who was arrested without a fight on Vineyard Street in Ontario on May 25.

Anderson has previous convictions for felony burglary, according to court records. Boyd had no prior documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

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