Arraignment Postponed for Gang Member Accused in Gun Assault

MURRIETA – With his new attorney seeking additional time to review the case, arraignment was postponed today for a Hemet gang member accused of beating and attempting to kill a man last summer.

Daniel Raymond Nunez, 26, could face more than 30 years behind bars if convicted of two counts of attempted murder, as well as one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and gang activity.

Nunez appeared before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. During the hearing, the defense informed the court that Nunez’s prior attorney, Sam Vanderbrug, was no longer assigned to the case, which had been taken over by the Office of the Public Defender.

Deputy Public Defender Leah Kisner-Cahoon was granted additional time to review the prosecution’s allegations. The arraignment was reset to May 13.

Nunez remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center.

The defendant was arrested in March following a months-long investigation by Hemet police and the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force.

According to police, the gang-related confrontation happened on the afternoon of Aug. 8, 2013, in the 500 block of Cedar Place.

Nunez allegedly attacked a man, striking him in the face and breaking his jaw. After the assault, the defendant allegedly pulled a handgun and fired several shots at the victim and others before fleeing the location, according to investigators.

Detectives were able to identify the defendant based on eyewitness statements and evidence collected at the scene, culminating in the issuance of an arrest warrant.

Nunez was located on March 28 in the 700 block of Evergreen Street but refused to comply with officers’ demands to surrender and tried to run, investigators allege. A K9 team pursued him, and the dog subdued Nunez moments later. He was not injured.

According to court records, Nunez has a prior misdemeanor conviction for possession of illegal drugs.

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