A Nuevo man accused of trying to kill his girlfriend while armed with a sawed-off shotgun and assault rifle was charged Thursday with attempted murder and other offenses.
Jaime Juarez, 25, was arrested Friday after allegedly attacking the victim, whose name was not released, in the 21000 block of Juniper Flats Road.
Along with the attempted murder count, Juarez is charged with domestic violence, assault resulting in great bodily injury, possession of an illegally modified rifle, possession of an assault rifle and child endangerment.
The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, is slated to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Riverside Hall Justice.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Victor Pierson, deputies were called to Juarez’s Juniper Flats residence on Friday morning to investigate reports of a domestic squabble.
Juarez’s girlfriend alleged that he had tried to kill her overnight, holding her against her will and inflicting unspecified injuries, Pierson said.
A child was at the location, but it was unclear whether the minor belonged to Juarez, the victim, or both.
Pierson said investigators learned that Juarez was near Lake Perris, and he was found that evening driving in the area of Lakeview Avenue and the Ramona Expressway, where he was taken into custody without a struggle.
According to the sergeant, deputies seized the two rifles, a bulletproof vest and a large quantify of ammunition from inside the car.
Juarez has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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