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Elder Bañuelos turns himself in

June 25, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A 42-year-old man wanted for the attempted murder of 23-year-old Julio Perez turned himself in to police Monday morning after days of negotiations.

Michael Bañuelos Sr., also known as "Suni," is thought by police to be responsible for the shooting of Perez.

Calexico police Lt. Jim Neujahr said investigators had been negotiating with Bañuelos for days. He said Bañuelos was originally set to turn himself in Friday.

Bañuelos' son Michael Bañuelos Jr., 21, was wanted by police in regard to the same shooting. He turned himself in to police May 14.

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Perez was shot five times March 4 — in the head, abdomen, chest, arm and leg — but survived the attack. Perez was gunned down in the 500 block of Grant Street.

Police received reports regarding shots fired in the 800 block of Pierce Avenue. As officers responded to Pierce, more reports of shots fired came, but from Grant Street. Police responded to Grant, where they found Perez.

An assailant apparently confronted Perez on Pierce. Shots were fired but it is unclear if Perez was hit at that point.

Perez fled, jumped a fence and ended up in a carport of a residence on Grant. The suspect or suspects were right behind him and opened fire again in the carport.

Both Bañueloses will face charges of attempted murder. The younger Bañuelos will face an added charge of accessory to attempted murder.

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

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