Man in custody for being alleged accessory to Menifee double murder

MECCA – A North Shore man suspected of aiding or helping conceal the fatal shootings of two men in Menifee – whose killer remains at large – was in custody today.

Gustavo Perez Iturriaga, 43, was arrested Tuesday on Avenue 70 in Mecca, jail records show, in connection with the Aug. 13 shootings of Roberto Enciso Catstillo, 45, and Juan Enciso Catstillo, 41, both of Menifee. Both men were found dead just before 11 p.m. at a home in the 25000 block of Waldon Road in Menifee, according to county coroners.

Their alleged killer, Jesus Sanchez Ponce, 39, of Mecca, remains at large. According to sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Buompensiero, Ponce was last seen driving a brown 2007 GMC Sierra pickup truck, with a California license plate of 8H85193. He should be considered armed and dangerous, Buompensiero said.

How Iturriaga allegedly aided Ponce was not disclosed by deputies. Iturriaga is being held on $500,000 bail.

Anyone with information on the shooting or Ponce’s whereabouts was asked to contact Master Investigator Alfaro from the Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3528.

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