Four arrested in Jan. 3 double homicide in San Jacinto
By Gail Wesson
Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting deaths of two people found wounded in a car alongside the busy Ramona Expressway in San Jacinto on Jan. 3, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s news release issued late Thursday, Jan. 11.
The suspects are identified as Ariel Savoie, 19, Kenneth Wilson, 18, and Martel Patrick McBride, 18, all of Hemet; and Alexis Mary Garcia, 19, of Valle Vista, east of Hemet.
All were arrested Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s jail booking logs. Bail is set at $1 million each and they are scheduled to appear in Riverside County Superior Court for arraignment on Friday.
Victims Lauren Lopez, 19, of San Jacinto, and Patrick Powell, 22, of Hemet, were found shot in a vehicle in a ditch just before noon off the edge of Ramona Expressway at Warren Road. They were taken to a hospital where they died the same day.
The sheriff’s news release does not address whether a motive is known for the shootings.
A memorial gathering last Saturday outside Team Quest Athletic Center where Lopez was a trainer attracted friends and families of both victims. Lopez was attending college and training in mixed martial arts.
Sheriff’s homicide investigators and the sheriff’s SWAT team obtained warrants Tuesday to search homes in the 300 block of Monte Vista Way and in the 100 block of La Amistad Way, both in Hemet.
They were assisted by Hemet police and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
Wilson was booked on suspicion of murder, special circumstances and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. McBride was booked on suspicion of murder, a special circumstance of kidnapping and a misdemeanor involving challenging a fight in a public place.
Savoie was booked on suspicion of murder and special circumstances. Garcia was booked on suspicion of murder.