Retaliation possibly the motive for robbery and attempted murder in Jurupa Valley

News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:

A man who testified after being robbed last year may have been targeted for robbery and attempted murder on Saturday morning by the cousin of the defendant in that case.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. on February 25, the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Department received a report of a robbery that occurred in the 4100 block of Hunter Street in Jurupa Valley.

The victim informed deputies that at approximately 7:30 a.m., he was confronted in front of his residence by a Hispanic man, later identified as Eric Raphael Perez, as he prepared to leave for work.  Perez arrived in a black four-door sedan, and was accompanied by another Hispanic male.

The victim recognized the suspect, Perez, as a person who may have robbed him a year prior.  The victim had testified against Perez’s cousin in that case, which resulted in a twelve-year sentence.

As Perez was robbing him of personal items this time, he reminded the victim of the prior case and that he had testified against his cousin.

After the robbery, the victim was let go and he proceeded to drive to work.  As he approached the intersection of Jurupa and Van Buren Boulevard, the victim noticed the same black four-door sedan following him.

As he turned onto Van Buren, that car pulled alongside the driver’s side of the victim’s vehicle and fired several shots.  The victim’s vehicle was struck multiple times by gunfire, however the victim was not struck.

The victim was able to provide deputies with a vehicle description and the first name of the suspect.

This information was broadcast to local police and surrounding law enforcement agencies.  A short time later, deputies located the vehicle traveling eastbound on Mission Boulevard.  A high-risk traffic stop was conducted and Eric Perez was taken into custody without incident.

The investigation is continuing and there is no additional information available for release at this time.  Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Coogan or Deputy Mendoza at 951-955-2600.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

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