Two felons suspected of assaulting a deaf man sitting outside a Riverside coffee shop and then stealing his laptop appeared in court Thursday.
Daniel Allen Estramera and Dawone Anthony Finnell, both 22 and from Riverside, appeared Thursday afternoon, entering not guilty pleas, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
The pair were arrested after police on June 23 asked for help identifying two men who were caught on surveillance video committing an assault and robbery outside a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at 3712 Mission Inn Ave. early on the morning of May 19.
The men repeatedly struck their 20-year-old deaf victim before throwing him to the ground and absconding with his computer, the video showed.
Estramera was arrested on the evening of June 24, and Finnell was arrested the night of June 26, county inmate records showed.
Both men were charged with robbery in connection with the May 19 incident.
And, in connection with an April 19 incident, Estramera was charged with robbery and dissuading a witness with violence or the threat of violence, the criminal complaint states.
For alleged crimes committed on June 26, the date of his arrest, Finnell was also facing charges of possession of a concealed dirk or dagger, possession of drug paraphernalia, and false representation to an officer.
The two men both have felony records.
Estramera was convicted of robbery and stealing a farm animal in March 2012 in San Bernardino County, according to the complaint. Finnell was convicted in June 2012 in Riverside County of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and joyriding.
Police gave Estramera’s name as Estremera, but court and inmate records used the former spelling.
A third man whom police initially thought was involved was determined not to have been a part of the robbery. Police had said the man approached the victim and communicated with him in American Sign Language before the assault by the other two men.
Finnell and Estramera were due back in court July 8.