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Man pleads not guilty in Jurupa Valley shooting

By in Press Enterprise on February 1, 2018

By City News Service

RIVERSIDE — A man accused of shooting a Jurupa Valley resident and then fleeing to a nearby city, where he was later apprehended, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted murder and other charges.

Roberto Quintero Covarrubias, 57, was arrested a day after the Dec. 10 attack in the 9000 block of 54th Street, near Pedley Road, and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

Along with the attempted murder count, he is charged with shooting at an occupied dwelling, with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

Covarrubias was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Samuel Diaz, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Feb. 9 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Covarrubias allegedly confronted the victim at a house on 54th Street about 3 p.m., and during the hostile encounter — the reasons for which weren’t disclosed — pulled a handgun and shot the man several times, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Dekker.

Deputies and paramedics arrived to find the victim, whose name was not released, suffering from life-threatening wounds. He underwent surgery at Riverside Community Hospital and has since recovered.

Investigators quickly identified Covarrubias as the alleged shooter, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, Dekker said.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were asked to assist after it was learned the defendant was holing up at a residence in the 2000 block of Ogden Street in Muscoy, where he was arrested without a struggle on Dec. 11, the sergeant said.

Covarrubias has no prior documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

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