A convicted felon and his girlfriend accused of chasing, pistol-whipping and shooting at a woman during a road rage confrontation in San Jacinto must stand trial on felony charges, a judge ruled Monday.
Jorge Demetrio Beltran, 46, of Los Angeles, and Marisol Andrade, 22, of Hemet, were arrested in May 2018, immediately after the alleged attack near the Mount San Jacinto College campus.
Following a preliminary hearing at the Banning Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for Beltran on two counts of assault with a firearm, shooting at an occupied vehicle and being a convicted felon in possession of a gun.
The judge also found there was sufficient evidence to try Andrade for alleged aiding and abetting a felony.
Hollenhorst scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for March 25.
Both defendants are being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning — Beltran in lieu of $500,000 bail, Andrade in lieu of $50,000 bail.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. James Burton, about 2:30 p.m. May 15, 2018, 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 Mount San Jacinto College, she noticed the pair’s blue BMW 325i approaching her at high speed, Burton said.
Burton said Beltran and Andrade pursued the woman aggressively, until she stopped near the intersection of State and Soboba Road.
“The male suspect exited the passenger side of the BMW and struck the victim in the face with a silver semiautomatic 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.
He said Andrade lost control and crashed in a field on the east side of State, just south of Soboba.
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.