A shoplifting rap for a transient stopped outside a grocery store turned into more serious charges when he allegedly struggled with employees and a gun was found on him, sheriff's officials said.
Though the incident occurred in an unincorporated area of Corona, sheriff's deputies from the Lake Elsinore station arrested Richard Allen Carver, 54.
He was booked on suspicion of armed robbery; making criminal threats; being a felon in possession of a firearm and grand theft of a firearm; making terrorist threats; carrying a concealed firearm and carrying a loaded firearm.
He was released on $25,000 bail and ordered to appear in court July 25.
Carver was stopped outside a Vons store at 11800 De Palma Road, shortly before 5:40 p.m. Friday, sheriff's Sgt. John Carlberg said.
He allegedly struggled with a Vons employee and two other people, the sergeant said.
During the struggle, a pistol was spotted in the suspect's waistband and it was taken from him, Carlberg said.
The employee suffered injuries to the hands and Carver hurt his wrists, back and face, Carlberg said.