After they failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing Thursday, a judge Thursday issued arrest warrants for a convicted felon who is accused with his girlfriend of chasing, pistol-whipping and shooting at a woman during a road rage confrontation in San Jacinto.
Jorge Demetrio Beltran, 46, of Los Angeles and Marisol Andrade, 22, of Hemet were arrested in May, immediately after the alleged attack near the Mt. San Jacinto College campus.
Beltran is charged with assault with a firearm, shooting at an occupied vehicle and being a convicted felon in possession of a gun. Andrade is charged with aiding and abetting a felony.
Both were free on bonds and were slated to appear for a preliminary hearing at the Banning Justice Center. However, when their case was called in the courtroom of Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson, neither defendant could be found, prompting Johnson to sign bench warrants for the pair.
Beltran will now have to post a $500,000 bond when and if he’s located, while Andrade will have to put up a $50,000 bond.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. James Burton, about 2:30 p.m. last May 15, the defendants began tailing the victim, identified only as a Moreno Valley woman, after the motorists had an undisclosed encounter on the Ramona Expressway.
When the woman exited onto State Street, just south of Mt. San Jacinto, she noticed the pair’s blue BMW 325i approaching her at high speed, Burton said.
Burton alleged Beltran and Andrade pursued the woman aggressively, until she stopped near the intersection of State Street and Soboba Road.
“The male suspect exited the passenger side of the BMW and struck the victim in the face with a silver semi-automatic handgun,” Burton said. “The victim drove away from the scene to the intersection of Ramona and Sanderson Avenue, where she observed Beltran fire three shots toward her vehicle.”
The BMW sped away from the location, and the victim followed while calling 911, according to the sergeant.
Andrade lost control and crashed in a field on the east side of State Street, just south of Soboba Road, Burton said.
Deputies arrived within a couple of minutes and arrested both defendants without a struggle, Burton said, adding that a .25-caliber handgun was seized from inside the BMW.
The victim was treated for minor injuries but not hospitalized.
According to court records, Beltran has a conviction in another jurisdiction, but the offense was not specified. Andrade has no documented prior felony convictions.
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