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Suspected accessory arrested in Menifee double homicide; shooting suspect still at large

By in Press Enterprise on August 24, 2017

By Nikie Johnson

A man suspected of being an accessory after the fact of a double homicide in Menifee this month has been arrested, sheriff’s officials say, but the alleged shooter remains at large.

Gustavo Iturreaga Perez, 43, of North Shore was arrested just after midnight Tuesday, Aug. 22, in Mecca, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release and jail records. Both communities are near the Salton Sea.

He’s being held at the Indio Jail with bail set at $500,000. He has no documented criminal record in Riverside County.

Jesus Sanchez Ponce, 39, of Mecca (Photo courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

Sheriff’s officials didn’t say how they think Iturreaga is connected to the Aug. 13 shooting that killed Menifee residents Juan Enciso Castillo, 41, and Roberto Enciso Castillo, 45.

Late that night, deputies were called out to the 25000 block of Waldon Road in Menifee and found the two victims, dead from gunshot wounds.

Jesus Sanchez Ponce, a 39-year-old Mecca resident, was identified as the shooting suspect. He was last seen driving a brown 2007 GMC Sierra truck, California license plate 8H85193. Authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Sheriff’s officials have asked anyone with information about the case or Ponce’s whereabouts to call 760-393-3528.

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