Moreno Valley man arrested for robbery, attempted rape


On Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 8:15 AM, deputies from the Moreno Valley Police Department responded to the 24000 block of Sunnymead Blvd., regarding an assault that just occurred. Upon arrival they found a 61-year old female, and resident of Moreno Valley, at the location who was the victim of a sexual assault and robbery. The victim was transported to Riverside University Health Systems Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

It was determined that during the crime, a 21-year-old black male, later identified as suspect Nathanael Colbert-Chaves, entered the store and inquired if they were hiring.  As the victim spoke to Colbert-Chaves, he assaulted and forced her to the back room as she attempted to fight back.  During the attack, suspect Colbert-Chaves attempted to sexually assault the victim. After the struggle with the victim, Colbert-Chaves aborted his sexual assault and took the victim’s purse and phone as he left the store.  Colbert-Chaves then used the victim’s credit cards at two locations in Moreno Valley.

Moreno Valley Police Investigations Bureau responded to the scene and assumed control of the investigation.  Investigators were able to obtain a description of the vehicle and partial license plate using the Moreno Valley citywide camera surveillance system.  The vehicle was later located by patrol deputies parked at a residence within the 12000 block of Cobblestone Lane, Moreno Valley.  A search warrant was served at the location and Colbert-Chaves was taken into custody without incident. During a search of the residence, evidence of the crime was located inside Colbert-Chavez’s bedroom.

Colbert-Chavez was subsequently transported and booked at Robert Presley Detention Center for robbery and attempted rape.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Gabriel Gil at the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 486-6700.

The Moreno Valley Police Department will be vigilant in arresting violators of the law.  The Moreno Valley Department would like to remind all citizens to be aware of their surroundings always and report any suspicious activity, including any vehicles or persons by calling 911 for emergencies, or calling our dispatch center non-emergency line at (951) 247-8700.

Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information at or

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