A young man accused of joining a 14-year-old boy in a drive-by shooting in Thermal made his initial court appearance Monday but did not enter a plea.
Jorge Dominguez of Indio, 21, is charged with one felony count each of shooting at a dwelling and shooting from a motor vehicle, and a misdemeanor hit-and-run count stemming from the shooting.
Dominguez appeared at the Banning Justice Center before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Alfonso Fernandez, who rescheduled the defendant’s arraignment for Tuesday morning at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.
Dominguez remains held on $50,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
Deputies were sent to the 83-100 block of Alvarado Avenue at about 7:50 p.m. on May 11 on a shooting report. Sgt. Mariano Matos III of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department III said people inside the home reported the residence was fired upon and that they saw a black Chevrolet Silverado speed away from the scene.
They said a passenger fired the shots, Matos said. No injuries were reported.
Deputies located a pickup truck in Coachella that matched the description given by witnesses, with Dominguez in the passenger seat and a 14-year-old boy in the driver’s seat, Matos said.
A loaded 9mm handgun, along with spent shell casings, were found in the truck, according to the sheriff’s department, which did not specify why the Alvarado Avenue residence was targeted.
Both suspects were detained while deputies served a search warrant in the 44-700 block of Palm Street in Indio. Inside the residence, deputies collected unspecified evidence, and later arrested both suspects.
The boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, was transported to Juvenile Hall, but his status was unclear.
Dominguez has no documented felony convictions in Riverside County, court records show.
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