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Man accused in fatal beating at Menifee car wash to be arraigned


Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Issue 13, Volume 18.
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RIVERSIDE - A man accused of inflicting ultimately fatal injuries on a Menifee car wash manager after wrongly blaming the victim for stealing his property is slated to be arraigned today in Riverside County Superior Court.

Jeremy Joseph Robbins, 37, of Lancaster could face 15 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Wesley Uyekawa. Robbins is being held in lieu of $100,000 at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to sheriff's Lt. Joe Borja, the defendant and Uyekawa did not know one another, and their presumed first encounter was the day of the alleged attack.

Borja said that on the evening of March 22, Robbins visited the self-serve car wash that Uyekawa managed near Interstate 215 and McCall Boulevard. The defendant had removed dry-cleaning from his vehicle and placed it a short distance away while he vacuumed the interior of his car, Borja said.

"The suspect unknowingly left the clothing behind when he drove away from the location," Borja told City News Service.

According to the sheriff's Central Homicide Unit spokesman, Robbins returned around 10 a.m. the following day to retrieve the articles, but they had been snatched by another car wash customer.

"He accused the victim of taking the clothes, but the victim didn't know anything about it," Borja said.

An argument ensued, and Robbins allegedly punched and threw the 60-year-old Uyekawa to the ground.

Deputies were called to the location a short time later and took a report from the victim before he was transported to a hospital for extreme abdominal pain, according to sheriff's Sgt. Ray Huskey.

Uyekawa left the hospital later that day. Around 9:30 a.m. on March 24, one of Uyekawa's co-workers discovered him dead on the floor of his apartment, located at the business, according to Huskey.

"After additional investigation, it appears that Mr. Uyekawa died due to medical complications attributed to the initial assault," Huskey said.

Evidence collected at the scene helped identify Robbins as the alleged assailant, according to Borja. Security surveillance cameras are located on-site.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant and tracked Robbins to his residence at 44223 Gillan Ave., where he was taken into custody without incident.


Man suspected in fatal beating at Menifee business arrested

MENIFEE - A man suspected of inflicting ultimately fatal injuries on a Menifee car wash supervisor was arrested today on suspicion of murder.

Jeremy Joseph Robbins, 37, of Lancaster was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta in connection with the death of Wesley Uyekawa, who died Monday from an apparent blow to his stomach a day earlier.

The two men did not know one another, according to sheriff's Lt. Joe Borja.

He said that on Saturday afternoon, Robbins visited the self-serve car wash that Uyekawa managed near Interstate 215 and McCall Boulevard. The suspect had removed dry-cleaning from his vehicle and placed it a short distance away while he cleaned the car, Borja said.

"The suspect unknowingly left the clothing behind when he drove away from the location," Borja told City News Service.

According to the sheriff's Central Homicide Unit spokesman, Robbins returned around 10 a.m. Sunday to retrieve the articles, but they had been snatched by another car wash customer.

"He accused the victim of taking the clothes, but the victim didn't know anything about it," Borja said.

An argument ensued, and Robbins allegedly punched and threw the 60-year- old Uyekawa to the ground.

Deputies were called to the location and took a report from Uyekawa before he was transported to a hospital for extreme abdominal pain, according to sheriff's Sgt. Ray Huskey.

Uyekawa left the hospital later that day. Sheriff's officials would not disclose what, if anything, he was treated for. According to Huskey, around 9:30 Monday morning, the victim was discovered dead at his workplace.

"After additional investigation, it appears that Mr. Uyekawa died due to medical complications attributed to the initial assault," Huskey said.

Evidence collected at the scene helped identify Robbins as the suspect, according to Borja. He could not confirm whether security cameras captured the alleged assault.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant and tracked Robbins to his residence at 44223 Gillan Ave., where he was arrested without incident around 6 this morning.

Anyone with information related to the case was asked to call the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777.


 

14 comments

Comment Profile Imagekim
Comment #1 | Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm
"After additional investigation, it appears that Mr. Uyekawa died due to medical complications attributed to the initial assault," Huskey said

Lets see what the coroner says. Or is he acting as one?
Comment Profile ImageA 54 yr old Grandmother
Comment #2 | Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 10:15 am
The coronor will say he had a bleeder somewhere in his abdomen and hopefully there is some family available to sue the h**l out of the hospital who must have NOT done a CT scan, or even an ultra sound. Its standard procedure in ER's with abdominal pain to do a CT scan and a Ultra sound of the Aeorta when you have been hit in the chest. Very sad story and I hope this punk idiot goes down hard.
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Comment #3 | Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm
So Jeremy Joseph Robins decides to assault this man for what, a eF shirt and pants that HE left and was gone the next day? Really? Mr Uyekawa's life was worth the equivalent to your eF clothes? Hope he gets his gut checked where he's going too.
Comment Profile Image.....me
Comment #4 | Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 6:20 pm
that man will get whats coming to him for sure.......we love you wesley
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #5 | Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm
Yea, Bubba will give him a gut check. From the rear.
Comment Profile ImageAgree with Grandmother
Comment #6 | Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 7:02 am
Did you intentionally leave out the name of the hospital? This will be a tough case to solve if the defendant didn't talk to the police. All they have is a dying declaration and no witnesses according to your story. The sheriff only released one side of the story as they always do and then beg for witnesses. This paper is quick to point out whatever the sheriff tells them without considering the rest of the story, such as, what happened at the hospital? Who was the attending physician? Who can say what the actual level of violence was and any pre existing medical conditions of the victim? The sheriff has been wrong before. What's Borja doing giving out details in an on going murder investigation?
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Comment Profile ImageWhat coroner?
Comment #7 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:06 am
The county coroner has no medical training, no experience and hasn't conducted a single autopsy. My daughter has more training to be coroner than the current one. Who is the county coroner... Sheriff Stan. The coroner is not an independent body. It is run by the Sheriff and some coroner personnel carry badges and guns and can make arrests. It is a huge conflict of interest. You might as well just make them DA investigators.
Comment Profile Imagedisgusted
Comment #8 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm
Menifee Valley Hospital...sigh
Comment Profile ImageJade
Comment #9 | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 10:55 pm
What the article forgot to tell us about is how Mr. Uyekawa was all defensive when Robbins accused him of stealing the clothes. Robbins left and came back later that day to see if the clothes had been returned. Again, Mr. Uyekawa became very defensive and started to shove Robbins and in SELF DEFENSE Robbins threw a shot at Uyekawa and left. What they also didn't tell us is that the dry cleaning that "was snatched by another customer" at Mr. Uyekawa's house, was found at Mr. Uyekawa's house. This is from an outside source, but, apparently Mr. Uyekawa took the dry cleaning, gave it to a family member to bring to his own house. That was the reason he was defensive when accused with stealing the clothes. Before you go accusing people, wait till all the facts some out.
Comment Profile Imageashamed
Comment #10 | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 7:09 am
A couple of concerns... one, bottom line the victim went to the hospital because of robbins period.. I no robbins on a personal level, he is out of control, he took a life over clothing... He has wanted to be a little ganster, now he is.. It is a shame, two lives wasted. Robbins should get 30yrs to life, he has a history of violence. Thats fact.. Check Ventura Co. Records.... My heart goes out to Wesleys family......
Comment Profile ImageOne love
Comment #11 | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 1:00 am
Facts will come out. Ashamed, are you Aaron as well? This is horrible all around, however no one knows the facts of the case. Maybe jeremy did put him there and maybe that was in self defense.
Comment Profile Imageashamed
Comment #12 | Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 at 6:47 am
No, I am not Aron.... It was not self defense..... It was an angry hell bent out of control self serving person, that cared more about his clothes than a mans life... Pretty simple..
Comment Profile Imageashamed
Comment #13 | Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:01 am
Jade just happens to be Jeremy's 1/2 brother.... Jeremy has quite a history of violence. He has been convicted , and is a Felon... He was ordered to attend anger mgmt. classes. He failed to attend the classes on a regular basis. In turn he was ordered back to court. To know surprise, he did not appear... He also has a history of drinking and drug abuse.. Lets just say for arguement sake, the victim had taken the dry cleaning, lets say he even pushed Robbins... Does any of that call for Robbins to beat this man... Robbins has a HAIR TRIGGER!!! Call me a liar Jade? Your 1/2 brother is and has been out of control period... He also has a son that is well on his path to the same..... I am ashamed of the mother, and brothers of that family....
Comment Profile Imageashamed
Comment #14 | Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm
Jeremy was trained as a fighter, as a sport, not as a street thug! This is fact, I trained with him... His wife is a junkie, his stepdaughter is a junkie, his son, Dominic Robbins is well on his way to the exact same place as his coward father is... His Mother Donna Stroface has enabled Jeremy as she has her other kids... Hell she gave one of her kids away!! And then continued to lie and say she was the little girls aunt instead of mom.. The lies, deceit etc continues thru that side of the family... I challenge any of you to prove me wrong... What people have failed to understand is.... It was all recorded on video from the property cameras..... So Jai, Jade, Jordan, and the rest of you step up and do the correct thing.... Quit trying to protect a loser, murderer, thief, etc... You people are as guilty as he is.. If I am able in any way shape or form to help convict robbins for life in prison, rest assured.... I will !!!!

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