A man and woman were in custody Tuesday after allegedly carrying out a road rage attack in San Jacinto that included pistol-whipping a victim in the face and firing multiple gunshots, authorities said.
Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies responded about 2:30 p.m. to the intersection of Ramona Expressway and State Street where there was a report of a physical altercation and shots fired, said Sgt. James Burton of the Sheriff’s Department.
In the course of the investigation, deputies learned that a female victim was driving into San Jacinto from Moreno Valley when a blue BMW 325i approached from behind at a high rate of speed and engaged her in a road rage type pursuit, Burton said.
The chase continued until the woman stopped at the intersection of Soboba Road and State Street, where the male suspect, identified as Jorge Beltran, 45, of Los Angeles, allegedly got out of the BMW and struck the victim in the face with a silver semi-automatic gun, Burton said. Three gunshots also were allegedly fired at the victim’s car.
The victim, who suffered minor injuries, then followed the BMW until the driver lost control and crashed in a field near State Street and Soboba Road, Burton said.
Deputies arrived on scene moments after the crash and arrested Beltran and his companion, 21-year-old Marisol Andrade of Hemet, Burton said. A gun was recovered at the scene.
The pair was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and shooting at an occupied vehicle, according to Burton.