Three reputed gang members accused of trying to gun down a Norco resident were arrested Wednesday during a law enforcement sweep in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Daniel Anthony Florez, 28, Francisco Paredes, 36, and Michael Anthony Varela, 33, were each booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on suspicion of attempted murder, conspiracy, gang activity and shooting at an inhabited structure. They’re each being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Lodes, the gang-related attack happened on March 12 in Norco, where the suspects allegedly tried to kill the unnamed victim at his residence.
Over the last six weeks, detectives accumulated evidence allegedly pointing to Florez, Paredes and Varela as the perpetrators, Lodes said. Search warrants were obtained for properties associated with the men in Colton, Corona, Moreno Valley and other cities, according to the sergeant.
With the assistance of the San Bernardino County sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau, the Murrieta Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Riverside County sheriff’s anti-gang personnel served warrants at each location, seizing multiple firearms and other alleged evidence, Lodes said.
The suspects were taken into custody without a struggle.
They’re expected to make initial court appearances on Friday in Riverside.