Arraignment was postponed to July 14 for a man who authorities say is a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang and who is accused of carrying out the ambush slaying of an Orange County Hells Angel member at a Riverside gas station.
Mongols member Joshua Ryan Herbert, 27, of Corona, was slated to be arraigned Friday, June 23, on charges of murder and attempted murder. Authorities say he gunned down 31-year-old James Duty, of Orange, and tried to shoot one of the victim’s associates in May.
Deputy Public Defender A.C. Jones requested the delay in a hearing that lasted less than two minutes in Riverside County Superior Court, and Deputy District Attorney Jared Haringsma and Judge Ronald Taylor agreed.
Five Riverside County sheriff’s deputies stood watch in the court room, up from the usual two or three. There were no disturbances, and no members of the public attended.
In addition to first-degree murder, Herbert is charged with attempted murder and enhancements of committing crimes that benefit a criminal street gang, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and a special circumstance of being an active gang member.
The defendant is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.
According to Riverside police, Duty and four fellow Hells Angels bikers were fueling up at the Shell station in the 3500 block of Adams Street, just off the 91 Freeway, about 10:30 p.m. May 21 when police say that Herbert and another person, who remains at large and has not been publicly identified, drove by and opened fire.
Duty was struck multiple times, and a bullet grazed the helmet of another Hells Angels member, investigators said.
The assailants fled toward the freeway, eluding capture. Duty was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later.
Working with the Anaheim Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Garden Grove Police Department, the Long Beach Police Department and other agencies, investigators determined that the