A 52-year-old man accused of butchering a Coachella resident with a machete is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
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 remains in custody on $1 million bail and is scheduled to appear at the Larson Justice Center in Indio on Monday morning.
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 return over “Jasmine L.”
Meanwhile, he was also charged with three counts of child endangerment regarding three separate 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.