A judge Friday ordered a psychiatric evaluation for a 21-year-old probationer accused of fatally beating his father in the victim’s Riverside home.
Jair Armando Vazquez was arrested and charged last month with murder for the alleged slaying of 62-year-old Armando Vazquez in the 8600 block of Arlington Avenue, near Lake Street.
Vazquez was slated to be arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane, but during the hearing, the defendant’s public defender submitted a motion asking that her client undergo an examination by a mental health specialist. With no objection by the prosecution, O’Rane granted the request.
She set an Oct. 7 hearing to appoint a doctor and took Vazquez’s arraignment off the court calendar for the time being.
The defendant is being held on $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, about 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, Vazquez was involved in an unspecified confrontation with his dad while at the victim’s residence.
“The preliminary investigation revealed the victim’s son … physically assaulted his father, then fled in the victim’s vehicle,” Railsback said.
He said that the defendant’s mother, whose identity was not disclosed, returned home to find her husband bleeding and unconscious on the living room floor.
Paramedics arrived within a few minutes and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
Railsback said homicide detectives quickly identified Jair Vazquez as the alleged assailant and uncovered information indicating that he was in Newport Beach. Police in the coastal city were requested to assist, and they located the defendant that night on Coronado Street, where he was taken into custody without incident.
He has a traffic-related misdemeanor conviction from 2019, but no felonies, according to court records.