Murder and other felony charges were filed Friday against a 52-year-old man accused of killing a Coachella resident with a machete.

Gabriel Castro Ramirez of Coachella was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing 46-year-old Jimmy Meza the day before.

Along with the murder count, Ramirez is charged with one count each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, along with three counts of child endangerment.

Ramirez appeared Friday afternoon at the Larson Justice Center in Indio before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Burke Strunsky, who set the defendant’s bail at $1 million and rescheduled arraignment for Monday.

Deputies responded at 8:43 p.m. Tuesday to the area of Fifth Street and Vine Avenue to an assault with a deadly weapon call, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies found Meza suffering from life-threatening injuries, and later died.

Ramirez was arrested at the scene with a machete in his hand, sheriff’s officials said.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, the defendant was charged with attempted murder for attacking “Gustavo M.,” also with a machete.

Ramirez was charged with assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury for allegedly using a vehicle to attempt to run over “Jasmine L.”

Meanwhile, he was also charged with three counts of child endangerment regarding three children — two girls and a boy.

Beyond the murder count, the sheriff’s department did not provide additional information regarding the rest of Ramirez’s alleged crimes, and a motive was not made public.

Ramirez has felony convictions including carrying a concealed knife and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.