At the request of his attorney, arraignment was postponed Friday for a 24-year-old probationer who allegedly joined two cohorts in a gang-related shooting that left a man dead and others wounded outside a Cathedral City strip club in 2018.
Guillermo Cintora Gomez of Coachella was extradited from Mexico last week and is accused of killing 24-year-old Jason Rosas of Indio.
Gomez’s arraignment on a murder charge was scheduled before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Burke Strunsky, who rescheduled the hearing to Monday afternoon at the Larson Justice Center based on a request by the defense.
The defendant is being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
His co-defendants are Christian Miramontes, 26, and Manuel Vargas, 31, each of whom is charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder in the shooting that killed Rosas outside the Showgirls Gentlemen’s Club on June 13, 2018.
All three men are additionally charged with a special circumstance allegation of killing for the benefit of a criminal street gang, making them eligible for the death penalty if prosecutors elect to pursue it.
Gomez was arrested last week in Michoacan, Mexico, where he has family. U.S. Marshals coordinated with Mexican state police to effect the arrest, according to the county District Attorney’s Office.
The defendants, Rosas and two other men got into a fight inside the club that spilled out to the parking lot about 2 a.m., according to Cathedral City police. The participants were identified as “two groups of rival gang members” by former police Chief Travis Walker.
According to an arrest warrant declaration, witnesses stated that the men were flashing gang tattoos at each other inside the club. Court documents state that they were from gangs operating within the Coachella Valley.
After being kicked out of the club by security, the defendants allegedly went to Gomez’s 2016 Jeep Wrangler and retrieved handguns. Miramontes and Vargas allegedly fired at the rival gang members, and the trio fled in Gomez’s Jeep, which was later found abandoned, according to the declaration.
All three victims were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where Rosas later died. The other two victims, identified only as 28-year-old men, recovered from their wounds, police said.
Miramontes and Vargas are in custody without bail, and their tentative trial date is April 21.
Court records show that Gomez has a prior misdemeanor conviction for driving on a suspended license.