A suspected gang member accused in a Mother’s Day shooting in Indio that left a teenage boy critically wounded pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder and other felony charges.
Kevin Rene Duarte, 20, of Indio was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of joining at least one other man in a shooting that wounded a 15-year-old boy May 9 earlier in the area of Daisy Street and John Nobles Avenue.
Duarte was arraigned at the Banning Justice Center before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Alfonso Fernandez, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for May 26 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.
Duarte remains in custody on $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
Along with attempted murder, Duarte is charged with two counts assault with a gun and one count of child abuse. He also faces gang- and gun-related sentence-enhancing allegations.
Duarte was charged on Friday, along with 22-year-old Tasaun Zaire Thomas of Indio, who is facing a similar slate of charges but remains on the lam.
Duarte should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police.
A motive in the shooting has not been provided, and police have not specified who is suspected of firing the gunshots.
Police responded to a shooting report about 4 p.m. on May 9 found the injured teen at the location. Detectives learned that “multiple suspects” fled the scene in a four-door sedan.
The boy, whose name was withheld, was taken to a hospital suffering from injuries described as serious and was still listed in critical condition as of late last week. An update on his condition has not been provided.
Thomas is serving a three-year probation term stemming from a 2017 conviction on felony assault and spousal abuse charges. Duarte has no documented felony convictions in Riverside County.
Thomas is described as Black, 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about his whereabouts was asked to call the detectives working the case at 760-391-4057. Anonymous information can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP (7867).
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