A 23-year-old probationer accused of shooting three men, one fatally, during a confrontation in Perris is slated to be arraigned Friday on murder and other charges.
Jonathan Manriquez of Lake Elsinore was arrested last month following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
Along with murder, Manriquez is charged with two counts of firearm assault, as well as sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
He’s due to appear before Superior Court Judge Paul Dickerson Friday morning at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
The defendant is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, shortly before 1 a.m. on Aug. 14, Manriquez was involved in an unspecified dispute with the three victims, among whom was 36-year-old Robert Chavez of Perris.
During the confrontation, the defendant allegedly pulled a handgun and fired multiple rounds, hitting all three men, according to court documents.
Ramirez said Chavez was killed on the spot. The other two men were seriously wounded.
Manriquez fled before patrol deputies arrived, the sergeant alleged.
In the ensuing 24 hours, homicide detectives were able to gather sufficient evidence pointing to the defendant as the alleged shooter. He was arrested without incident on Aug. 15 while seeking treatment for undisclosed injuries at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.
The two wounded individuals, identified in court documents only as “F.M.,” and “S.C.,” are recovering from their gunshots.
Court records show that Manriquez has prior misdemeanor convictions for reckless driving and hit-and-run resulting in property damage. He also has an unresolved felony case alleging transportation of drugs for sale and possession of controlled substances while armed.