Twin brothers arrested in connection with Cabazon mall murder

Police arrested twin brothers in connection with the murder of a Palm Springs resident during a holdup outside a mall in Cabazon last month.

Elijah Ray Burt Jr. and Emanuel Rick Burt Jr. have been arrested in Nevada in connection with the murder, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall confirmed.

Hall added that Elijah Burt has been charged with murder. Her twin brother Emanuel is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, Hall said.

There was no further information available or any timeline on the extradition process at that time.

A total of three people have been arrested in connection with the murder investigation.

On April 23, authorities announced the arrest of 18-year-old Reginald Charles Trice of Victorville. He was charged with murder, attempted robbery and firearms reinforcing the sentence and allegations of serious bodily harm.

Reginald Charles Trice

According to Sheriff Sgt. Ben Ramirez, Trice allegedly clashed with Michael Moser, 66, shortly before 7 p.m. on March 24 on mall property. Ramirez said Moser was shot at least once, prompting 911 calls, after which deputies and paramedics converged on the location.

Michael Moser

Rescue measures were attempted, but Moser was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is not known why Moser was targeted, and investigators did not reveal if he got into a fight during the robbery.

Moser’s friends told News Channel 3 that he drove to the mall to charge his car and grab a coffee on his way home from Los Angeles. Moser served as vice chairman of jeweler Harry Winston for nearly 10 years before retiring last November.

There was no sign of the shooter when deputies reached the mall. However, Ramirez said that over the ensuing weeks, detectives developed leads pointing to Trice as the alleged assailant.

A warrant was obtained and served at his residence in the 15500 block of Morada Road, according to the sheriff’s spokesperson.

There was no word on what led to the Burts’ arrest. Stay with News Channel 3 for continued updates on this investigation.

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Luz W. German