Judicial process moves forward for two Claremont suspects

The man accused of assault with a deadly weapon against a Claremont police officer that shot him, appeared in court on May 15 and entered a plea of not guilty. Marcelo Herrera was arraigned in Pomona Superior Court on three felony counts, including assault on a police officer, unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

Judge Jack P. Hunt set a preliminary hearing date of June 10, at which time the 24-year-old will also be arraigned on two charges of probation violation and a misdemeanor charge of resisting, delaying or obstructing officer from an unrelated incident. Bail was set at $85,000. If convicted of all charges, Mr. Herrera faces up to 6 years and 4 months in prison.


Arraignment of a Coachella Valley date farmer accused of raping a 12-year-old Claremont girl has been continued from May 14 to June 9. Joseph Chandler Davall, 34, faces seven felony counts in Los Angeles County, including two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child; one count each of forcible rape; sexual penetration by foreign object; and assault to commit a felony during the commission of first-degree burglaries.

Mr. Davall is accused of attacking and raping the girl on March 21 while she slept in her Claremont home. The accused was arrested on April 18 in Yucca Valley and remains in custody in lieu of $5 million bail.

Be sure to check out our complete police blotter coverage Friday.


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