A gang member accused of shooting two people who were seated in a car in Thermal is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Tuesday.
Jesse Jordan Diaz, 30, of Thermal was arrested on a warrant Thursday and remains in custody awaiting his arraignment, which is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.
He is accused with Victor Manuel Diaz, 32, in the May 25 shotgun shooting that left two people wounded in Thermal.
A motive for the shooting was not released, and the victims were identified only as two adults. The severity of their injuries were not disclosed.
Both defendants are charged with two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a gun, along with one count of shooting at a vehicle.
Jesse Diaz, who additionally faces gun and great bodily injury sentence-enhancing allegations, is a documented gang member, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Jail records show he has a prior felony conviction for robbery.
Victor Diaz previously pleaded not guilty and was ordered to return to the Larson Justice Center in Indio on July 29 for a felony settlement conference. He remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
He has no documented felony convictions in Riverside County, though he was in the midst of a three-year probation term stemming from a misdemeanor vehicle theft conviction from last year at the time of his most recent arrest, jail records show.
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