Paso Robles teen to be charged as an adult in robbery case

April 26, 2015
Bob Porter

Bob Porter

A Paso Robles teen is being charged as an adult for allegedly participating in a bungled jewelry store robbery in downtown Napa that left a store clerk in critical condition. [Napa Valley Register]

On April 19, Dylan Jacob Moore, 17, of Paso Robles and Darren Peters, 17, of Napa ran away from a halfway house outside Nevada City. The teens then caught a ride to Napa.

On April 20 shortly after 5 p.m., Moore and Peters donned masks and walked into the Napa Valley Jewelers. Peters demanded jewelry and threatened to kill Robert Porter, 55, a store clerk, according to police.

Peters hit the clerk several times with a pair of pliers. During the assault, the clerk suffered a heart attack. Porter is currently in critical condition at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

Shortly after the attempted robbery, police arrested Peters at a nearby parking garage. Moore was arrested Tuesday morning near the same parking garage.

Because of the “extreme nature” of the crime, prosecutors elected to charge both Moore and Peters as adults.

Peters is facing charges of attempted murder, second-degree commercial burglary, assault and conspiracy. Moore is not being charged with attempted murder, though he faces the remaining charges along along with Peters.

Peters and Moore are scheduled to return to court on April 30.

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Sojourner of Truth

They are minors and should be tried in juvenile court, not adult court. Putting teenagers into adult jails and prisons is a recipe for disaster.


Disaster for whom? The felonious teens? Who cares. They’ll be very popular in jail, as longg as they don’t get tired of dressing up like little Bo peep.


You shouldn’t worry about that. Pending their trial(s), they will be out on bond free to roam about to continue their wave of sinister crimes. They will likely be convicted and incarcerated after they become adults.

Even when tried and convicted in adult court, minors are remanded to juvenile facilities until they turn 18; then they are transferred to adult prisons.


Hmm…Dylan and Darren ran away from a halfway house because they must be poor, misunderstood kids. Then they tried to rob and a guy and caused him to have a heart attack…yes, those poor boys.

You’re right, Sojourner of Truth. Those poor lads need some TLC, not punishment. How about YOU host them at your place? Just like juvey, you’ve got a TV, hot meals and video games, right? Oh, just remember to hide your pliers…


This case reminds me of Kaley Wisenberg, the woman who was convicted of killing a local highway patrolman near Paso. The victims in both cases were well known and upstanding citizens with much deserved sympathy. However, Kaley was railroaded in my opinion and received 25 years to life for what could have happened to any driver going around that blind curve at the speed limit, and finding someone standing in the middle of the road.

One of these teens is mentally ill (diagnosed bi-polar with a history of problems) and the other was a look-out who did not participate in anything. Both could be convicted with a 25 to life term since they are being treated as adults. Does anyone really think that the look-out who did nothing should be put away for 25 to life? I just hope these boys/men are not railroaded (yes, they should be punished) because of the popularity of the victim, and I really hope that the victim makes a complete recovery. He is obviously someone known and loved in the community.


California Penal Code Section 31:

“All persons concerned in the commission of a crime, whether it

be felony or misdemeanor, and whether they directly commit the act

constituting the offense, or aid and abet in its commission, or, not

being present, have advised and encouraged its commission, and all

persons counseling, advising, or encouraging children under the age

of fourteen years, or persons who are mentally incapacitated, to

commit any crime, or who, by fraud, contrivance, or force, occasion

the drunkenness of another for the purpose of causing him to commit

any crime, or who, by threats, menaces, command, or coercion, compel

another to commit any crime, are principals in any crime so


“…the other was a look-out who did not participate in anything.” Au contraire!! Those who act as look-outs (co-conspirators) ARE principals to the commission of misdemeanor and felony crimes. Both could be convicted for Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Murder if Mr. Porter doesn’t survive. LOOK-OUTS ARE EQUALLY GUILTY…


I hope the gentleman survives and is not to traumatized and I wish him a speedy recovery


It’s a darned shame that the store owner was not able to fill these punks with lead.