A man who allegedly shot a San Jacinto homeowner and broke several bones while trying to make his getaway must stand trial for attempted murder and other charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Mario Duenas Martinez, 36, was arrested a year ago after the alleged confrontation in the 1700 block of Wheatfield Way, near Ramona Boulevard.
Following a preliminary hearing at the Banning Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Prevost found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for Martinez on the attempted murder count, as well as sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
Prevost scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for May 21 and left Martinez’s bail at $1 million.
Martinez is being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
Martinez allegedly entered the two-story residence on Wheatfield Way in the mid-morning hours of April 23, 2017, to speak with the occupants, though no other details were disclosed.
“A firearm was introduced during the contact, and a struggle ensued over the weapon, causing the discharge of multiple rounds,” according to sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Duckett.
The homeowner was struck, and moments later, Martinez jumped from an upper floor window, injuring himself but managing to hobble to his vehicle and speed away northbound, according to the sergeant.
The victim called 911, providing a description of Martinez’s vehicle, which deputies stopped within minutes at the Ramona Expressway and Sanderson Avenue, Duckett said.
Martinez surrendered without a struggle and was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley for treatment of his injuries. He has since recovered.
The wounded homeowner was also hospitalized and made a full recovery.
Martinez has no documented prior felony convictions.