A murder charge was filed Wednesday against a 29-year-old felon accused of in the stabbing death of a Jurupa Valley motorist during an attempted carjacking.

Erik Darryl Martinez was arrested Saturday following a three-day manhunt connected to the Aug. 11 slaying of Juan Manuel Ramirez.

Along with murder, Martinez is charged with killing in the course of a carjacking and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

He’s being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and is slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Baeza, Martinez allegedly confronted Ramirez at his vehicle in the 9000 block of Mission Boulevard, near Avon Street, and attempted to take possession of the car about 5:30 p.m. Baeza alleged that the defendant pulled a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times, then fled.

Witnesses called 911, and paramedics arrived within a few minutes and pronounced Ramirez dead at the scene.

Detectives identified the defendant as the alleged assailant the same day and requested the public’s assistance to find him.

Investigators tracked Martinez to a motel in the 1000 block of Sierra Avenue in Fontana. According to Baeza, the suspect barricaded himself in his room when deputies appeared, and a SWAT team had to forcibly enter the premises to take him into custody.

No one was injured.

Court records show Martinez has prior convictions for auto theft, receiving stolen property and possession of controlled substances.

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