A Jurupa Valley gang member accused of shooting a man and forcibly taking another’s vehicle was charged Friday with attempted murder and other offenses.
George Eduardo Ayala, 25, was arrested by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies Wednesday in connection with the two unrelated incidents.
Along with attempted murder, Ayala is charged with carjacking, auto theft, robbery, felony evading and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations. He made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon before Superior Court Judge David Gunn, who appointed a public defender.
Ayala is being held on $1.7 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Nathan Padilla, on the night of Nov. 3, Ayala allegedly carjacked a man at gunpoint in Jurupa Valley, fleeing the area before deputies arrived.
Four days later, the convicted felon allegedly confronted a man in the 5800 block of Samantha Place in Jurupa Valley, shooting the victim twice, inflicting non-life-threatening wounds, Padilla said.
Ayala allegedly fled the scene, but according to Padilla, sheriff’s Gang Task Task Force investigators quickly identified him as the gunman, culminating in his arrest that afternoon on Fort Street.
He was allegedly driving the stolen car.
According to court records, Ayala has served time in state prison and has prior convictions for burglary, receiving stolen property, being in possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.