A murder charge was filed Tuesday against a felon accused of gunning down a 31-year-old man during a confrontation in San Jacinto last fall.

Juan Alonso Perez, 28, was in custody at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta in connection with an unrelated auto theft and felony evading case when Riverside County sheriff’s detectives formally arrested him Monday on suspicion of murdering Gabriel Sanchez of San Jacinto.

He is additionally charged with being a felon in possession of a gun and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

The defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail and is slated to be arraigned Thursday at the Banning Justice Center.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, Perez and Sanchez were involved in an unspecified dispute outside a residence in the 21100 block of State Street the morning of Nov. 6. The sergeant alleged that during the encounter, Perez allegedly pulled a handgun and shot the victim.

The defendant allegedly fled the location as witnesses called 911. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives spent the ensuing 10 months working to develop leads, which ultimately pointed to the defendant as the alleged perpetrator, according to Ramirez.

Details regarding the separate case for which Perez was jailed earlier this year were not available.

Court records show he has prior convictions for eluding a peace officer, bringing contraband into a correctional facility and being in possession of controlled substances.

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