Brothers accused of killing Hemet man behind bars

HEMET – A probationer and his younger brother accused of fatally shooting a man and wounding his teenage friend in Hemet were each being held today in lieu of $1 million bail.

Manuel Sandoval Olaez, 23, and Moses Sandoval Olaez, 20, were both arrested by Hemet police Friday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with the Nov. 4 slaying 25-year-old Daniel Ramirez of San Jacinto.

The brothers are each being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to Hemet police Lt. Eddie Pust, the suspects were identified following a monthslong investigation that began immediately after Ramirez’s body was located in a drainage canal in the predawn hours of Nov. 4.

The victim’s 17-year-old friend, whose name was not released, suffered a grazing wound to his face and has since recovered.

Officers were called to the 200 block of Palm Avenue, just north of Acacia Avenue, after receiving reports of multiple shots fired in the area and discovered Ramirez in the storm channel, dead from a gunshot to the back.

The other victim had left and checked himself into a hospital emergency room.

A possible motive for the attack was not disclosed.

According to court records, Manuel Olaez has prior convictions for manufacturing a sawed-off shotgun and obstructing a peace officer.

His brother has no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions, but does have several unresolved cases pending for alleged gang activity and carrying a concealed weapon, records showed.

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