A 20-year-old Rialto man accused of shooting at another motorist during a road rage confrontation on the Riverside (91) Freeway in Corona was charged Friday with attempted murder among other offenses.
Brian Augustine Jimenez Jr. was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside Wednesday following an investigation by the California Highway Patrol.
Along with attempted murder, Jimenez is charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle and a sentence-enhancing gun use allegation.
He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Sean Crandell, who scheduled a felony conference for July 13 at the Riverside Hall of Justice and ordered the defendant held on $1.1 million bail at the nearby Robert Presley Jail.
“The California Highway Patrol takes all cases of highway violence seriously,” Riverside CHP Commander Levi Miller said Thursday. “We continue to aggressively investigate these incidents.”
According to the CHP, the alleged attack happened about 10 p.m. on June 23 along the eastbound 91 near downtown Corona.
Officer Javier Navarro alleged that Jimenez was at the wheel of a Kia Optima and became incensed with the driver of another sedan for unspecified reasons.
Jimenez “fired an unknown number of rounds” at the other car before speeding away, Navarro alleged.
The victim, identified in court documents only by his initials, “A.B.,” was not injured and immediately reported the attack.
Within days, CHP investigators were able to obtain the license plate number of the vehicle identified as the one driven by the alleged assailant, Navarro said, without stating which surveillance video cameras captured the Kia’s license plate.
The information was shared with surrounding law enforcement agencies, culminating in Rialto police locating the car Tuesday night and alerting the CHP, according to Navarro.
He said that Jimenez was taken into custody without incident Wednesday morning, and his car was impounded.
The defendant has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.