Man accused of gunning Lake Elsinore resident arraigned


Last updated 5/10/2019 at 4:01pm

MURRIETA - A man accused of gunning down a 24-year-old Lake Elsinore resident outside a business pleaded not guilty on Friday, May 10 to a murder charge.

Victor Daniel Vega, 25, is accused of shooting Brayan Guzman, whose body was discovered by passers-by about 10:25 a.m. on April 28 in the 200 block of Graham Street near Spring Street, in a business district about two blocks from the sheriff's Lake Elsinore station.

Deputies quickly confirmed that the victim had been shot to death, and homicide detectives took over the investigation, according to sheriff's Sgt. Ben Ramirez.

After gathering evidence at the scene and canvassing the area, detectives identified Vega as the alleged perpetrator, according to the sergeant, who did not disclose a possible motive for the attack.

The defendant was taken into custody without a struggle about 4:30 a.m. the following day in Matich Park on Limited Avenue.

Vega was arraigned on the murder count, with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations, before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for June 21 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. He's being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the nearby Byrd Detention Center.

According to court records, Vega has several unresolved cases pending for alleged receiving stolen property and obstructing a peace officer. He has no documented felony convictions in Riverside County.


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