A 20-year-old man accused of shooting another man with an assault rifle in Desert Hot Springs made his initial court appearance Thursday on an attempted murder charge.
Manual Rivera-Villa, who also faces a sentence-enhancing allegation of discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury, appeared via video stream before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Dean Benjamini, who appointed him a public defender and rescheduled his arraignment for April 23.
The defendant, who’s being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on $1 million bail, was arrested last Friday stemming from a shooting the day before in the 66700 block of First Street in Desert Hot Springs.
According to the Desert Hot Springs Police Department, police arrived and found a man, whose name was not disclosed, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but the severity of his injuries was not disclosed.
Detectives identified Rivera-Villa as the suspect and arrested the Desert Hot Springs resident the following day in the 12400 block of Jasmine Drive in unincorporated Riverside County with assistance from the District Attorney’s Office Gang Impact Team.
Authorities did not specify if the defendant was a suspected gang member, or comment on a motive.
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