A 19-year-old Hemet man accused of fatally stabbing his stepfather during an altercation at the victim’s home was charged Thursday with murder.
Alonso Rodriguez Jr. was arrested Monday night, along with his friend, 20-year-old Mario Delacruz, following a daylong Hemet police investigation into the deadly assault on 36-year-old Luis Perez.
Along with the murder count, Rodriguez is charged with a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and is slated to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.
Delacruz was not named in the criminal complaint against Rodriguez. However, he remains jailed in Murrieta, with no immediate word on whether he may be charged separately.
According to Hemet Police Lt. Eddie Pust, Perez was attacked about 11:20 p.m. Sunday at his home in the 1000 block of North State Street, near Fruitvale Avenue. Pust said there was a confrontation between the victim and his stepson, who stabbed him multiple times.
Officers were called to the scene moments after the assault and discovered Perez clinging to life. He was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he died four hours later.
Rodriguez and Delacruz were identified as the alleged perpetrators and questioned by investigators, after which both men were taken into custody, Pust said.
A possible motive for the attack was not disclosed. Rodriguez has no documented prior felony convictions.