Suspect Arrested in Near-Killing of San Jacinto Man

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Suspect Arrested in Near-Killing of San Jacinto Man

by Contributing Editor

A 25-year-old man suspected of attacking and nearly killing a San Jacinto resident who was twice his age was being held Friday in lieu of $1 million bail.

Andrew Glen Almaraz of San Jacinto was arrested and booked Thursday into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of attempted murder.

According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials, the alleged assault occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of Evans Street, near Galileo Way.

Almaraz and the victim, identified only as a 52-year-old man, were involved in an unspecified confrontation, culminating in the suspect using a weapon, possibly a knife, to inflict life-threatening injuries, investigators said.

Deputies were called to the residence to investigate reports of a man being assaulted and discovered the victim in critical condition, according to officials.

The man was taken to a trauma center for surgery and remains hospitalized.

Almaraz was immediately identified as a suspect and fled the scene but was spotted by patrol deputies 90 minutes later, near the intersection of Evans Street and Las Rosas Drive, where he was taken into custody without incident, officials said.

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