Police say struggle recorded on video was not an abduction


During the course of this investigation, a suspect was identified in the murder of victim Gabriel Sanchez. On August 31, 2021, the suspect, Juan Perez, 29 years of San Jacinto, had additional charges of Murder, Discharge of a Firearm causing Great Bodily Injury, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm added, as he was already in custody at the Cois Byrd Detention Center.


On November 6, 2020, at 8:08 a.m., deputies from the Hemet Station responded to a man down call at a mobile home park in the 21100 block of State St., unincorporated San Jacinto. Upon arrival, they found a male in front of a residence, with obvious trauma. Emergency medical aid was provided, but the male succumbed from his injuries. Deputies secured the area as a crime scene, and began the investigation.

Juan Perez

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. The victim’s identity will not be released, pending notification to next of kin.   

This is an active investigation and no additional details will be provided. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Alfaro at (760) 393-3528 or Hemet Station Investigator Lee at (951) 791-3400.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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