A 50-year-old man accused of brandishing a handgun and threatening two motorists in Moreno Valley was charged Thursday with assault.
Javier Miguel Angel Gomez of Moreno Valley was arrested Tuesday following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
Along with felony assault, he is charged with exhibiting a firearm not in self-defense, a misdemeanor.
He’s being held in lieu of $25,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and is slated to make his initial court appearance Friday at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Julio De Leon, deputies received reports beginning earlier this month that a man was roving the streets, driving erratically and flashing guns while shouting threats.
Two men were named as victims, one identified in court documents as “A.H.” and the other as “J.T.” Neither was injured.
Detectives ultimately identified Gomez as the alleged perpetrator and arrested him after serving a search warrant at his residence in the 28800 block of Alessandro Boulevard.
“They found stolen and unregistered firearms and a cache of ammunition,” De Leon alleged. “Gomez was also in possession of narcotics.”
A possible motive for his alleged acts was not disclosed.
He has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.