Attempted murder charges filed in Claremont shooting, robbery

By Courier staff

Charges were filed this week against two Pomona residents in connection with a shooting that left three people injured during an attempted robbery at Super King Market, 436 Auto Center Dr., on Friday, May 17.

Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Abeyta and Amanda Soto, 37, appeared at Pomona Superior Court Tuesday for a continuation hearing. Abeyta was charged with five felonies: attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of firearm, criminal threats, and robbery. His bail was initially set at $2,000,000 before later being rescinded. Abeyta remains in custody without bail at the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles.

Soto, charged with felony robbery, was released on her own recognizance Tuesday after the continuation hearing.

Both suspects are due back in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2 for arraignment and plea hearings.

Claremont Police Department officers responded to Super King Market at 5:11 p.m. Friday, May 17 regarding a robbery in progress and shots fired. Arriving officers and LA County Fire Department personnel rendered aid to the three victims, who were transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

After viewing surveillance footage, taking statements from witnesses, and enlisting the aid of a LA County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, the alleged shooter Abeyta was located a short time later walking in the 100 block of Meredith Street in Claremont and arrested without incident. Soto was arrested shortly thereafter as well, without incident, in the Super King parking lot.

“CPD Officers and Detectives were able to obtain witness statements and video surveillance of the shooting, which identified the suspect,” read a CPD news release. “During the search for the suspect, officers located evidence, which included the suspect’s clothing and a handgun, which were believed to be used during the crime. These items had been hidden by the suspect under a vehicle at a nearby business. Witnesses positively identified the suspect in the shooting. The suspect was transported to the Claremont Police Department Jail, where he was booked and later transported to the Inmate Reception Center (IRC) in Los Angeles.”


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