RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A convicted felon and his alleged cohort were charged Monday, Aug. 24 with gunning down a 61-year-old man during a robbery in Nuevo, while authorities sought a third suspect.
Isaiah Ralph Lugo, 23, and Charles Richard Trevino, 24, were both arrested last Wednesday in connection with the death of Abdallah Abushawish of San Jacinto.
Both men are charged with first-degree murder and a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a robbery, as well as sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
Lugo and Trevino are each being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and are slated to make a joint initial court appearance tomorrow at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Sheriff’s detectives are continuing to search for another man, 19-year-old Alexander Isaiah Aquino, who was allegedly involved in the shooting but is not yet charged. His whereabouts are unknown.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, Lugo and Trevino allegedly attacked Abushawish outside a business in the 29600 block of Nuevo Road, near Reservoir Avenue, about 9:40 a.m. last Wednesday.
Ramirez said the victim was shot multiple times.
Witnesses called 911, and deputies converged on the location within a few minutes and found Abushawish gravely wounded, with no sign of the perpetrators, the sergeant said.
He said the victim was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he died a short time later.
Deputies obtained a description of the vehicle that the shooters fled in, as well as other details, and less than two hours later, Lugo and Trevino were spotted driving through the intersection of Creekwood Court and Mildred Street, where they were stopped and taken into custody without incident, according to Ramirez.
Court records show that Trevino has prior felony convictions for vandalism and grand theft, while Lugo has prior misdemeanor convictions for forgery, identity theft and burglary.