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Man wanted in shooting turns self in, father still at-large

May 15, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A 21-year-old man wanted for attempted murder in a March 4 shooting here turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.

Calexico police arrested Michael "Peanut" Bañuelos Jr. of Calexico on suspicion of being an accessory to attempted murder after he simply walked into the Calexico Police Department around 12:30 p.m. and turned himself in, said Calexico police Lt. Jim Neujahr.

Bañuelos along with his father, Michael "Suni" Bañuelos Sr., 42, had been sought for the gunning down of Julio Perez, 23, of Calexico in the 500 block of Grant Street in Calexico.


Michael Bañuelos Sr. was still at-large as of presstime.

Of Michael Jr., Neujahr said he was interviewed by detectives and booked into county jail while charges of accessory to attempted murder are sought.

Around 6:30 p.m. March 4 in the 500 block of Grant, Perez was shot five times — in the head, abdomen, chest, arm and leg. Perez survived the attack.

In an earlier report, police had received reports of shots fired in the 800 block of Pierce Avenue. While officers responded to Pierce more reports of shots being fired came from Grant. Police responded to Grant where they found Perez.

Apparently, an assailant confronted Perez on Pierce. Shots were fired but it was unclear if Perez was wounded at that time.

Perez was able to flee, jumping a fence and ending up in a carport of a residence on Grant, where he was shot.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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