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Posted on: December 28, 2022

Homicide (Update)

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Ed Baeza

File # PE223580152

Update:

On December 28, 2022, Investigators arrested Kassandra Lepe, 21-year-old resident of Hemet, in the city of Hemet in connection with this incident. There are no outstanding suspects. If anyone as information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator G. Gonzalez of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Lee of the Perris Sheriff’s Station 951-210-1000.

Details:

On December 24, 2022, at 11:02 PM, deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 300 block of West 7th Street in Perris. Upon arriving, deputies located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. A crime scene was secured and the Central Homicide Unit responded to assume the investigation. The victim was identified as Rafael Morales, a 27-year-old resident of Perris.

As investigators continued with the case, they identified and arrested two suspects responsible for this homicide. The two suspects are identified as Miguel Villegas, a 30-year-old resident of Hemet and Andrik Avalos-Villasenor, a 20-year-old resident of Hemet. Both Villegas and Avalos-Villasenor were arrested and booked into jail for homicide. The investigation is on-going.

If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator G. Gonzalez of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Lee of the Perris Sheriff’s Station 951-210-1000.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's Homicide Tipline online form.

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


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Miguel Villegas
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Kassandra Lepe


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