Two men accused of participating in the home invasion robbery of a teenage boy and his elderly grandmother have denied the felony charges filed against them.
Jonathon Grimaldo Castro, 22, and Richard Bernard Moser, 19, appeared Tuesday in District Court by video from the county jail. Each pleaded not guilty to one felony robbery charge.
The men were arrested on March 17 after a teenager and his 87-year-old grandmother reported that four armed men forced their way into the house, demanded cash and searched the home.
Officers arrested Castro and Moser after finding them near a car — containing an AK-47, an AR-15, a .22-caliber pistol and jars of marijuana — that matched the description of one used in the robbery, court documents state.
Castro told investigators that he and Moser met up with a friend and another man he named as Djovan King, who suggested that they commit a robbery, according to the affidavit.
A duffel bag in the car held guns, a Taser and bandannas, which they used to rob the house of guns, electronics and marijuana, Castro told police.
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He said that he stood outside of the home holding the stun gun while the other men robbed the house, the court documents state.
Information on the other two suspects and the status of the investigation wasn't immediately available.
Moser's attorney, Moira D’Alton, argued for a decrease in bond, citing his age, his lifetime residency here and his ability to get a job if released.
Judge Gregory R. Todd halved Moser's bond from $20,000 to $10,000.
Todd also lowered Castro's bond from $20,000 to $5,000 after Dalton argued that he was not the primary robber in the incident, had no criminal history as an adult and has a job.
A trial date for the two men will be set later.