UPDATE: 2 arrested after deadly MV Christmas eve shooting

UPDATED: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 12 p.m.

See original story here.

MORENO VALLEY — Authorities this morning announced the arrest of two men in connection with the Christmas eve shooting of two people that ended the life of at least one of the two victims. The deadly shooting happened in the parking lot of Rio Rancho Supermall at 25211 Sunnymead Blvd., southeast of Sunnymead and Perris boulevards, in Moreno Valley.

Although officials previously stated that one victim died as a result of last Monday’s shooting, both alleged suspects have been booked on suspicion of two counts of first degree murder, indicating the second victim may have also succumbed to their injuries. A request for confirmation sent to the Sheriff’s Media Information Bureau had not been responded to as of this report.

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Deputies assigned to Moreno Valley Police Department began investigating the Dec. 24 shooting after receiving reports of shots fired outside the mall shortly before 5:30 p.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Walter Mendez explained as the homicide investigation was getting underway. Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and Moreno Valley PD investigators soon assumed the investigation.

The victim was later identified as Noe Reyes, 25, of Moreno Valley. He died at Moreno Valley’s Riverside University Health System as a result of the injuries he sustained during the shooting. 

Carl Johnson and Marius Metoyer have been arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder after a Christmas eve shooting of two people in Moreno Valley.

Based on information and leads developed during their investigation, on Thursday, Dec. 27, investigators with the Central Homicide Unit, Major Crimes Unit, and Moreno Valley Special Enforcement Team, served a search warrant in the 900 block of E. Williams St., in Banning.

During the service of that warrant, officials located and detained Marius Reno Metoyer and Carl Dashawn Johnson. Both are 18-years-old, and live in Moreno Valley, Mendez explained in an updated release from the sheriff’s department .

While searching the home, officials located and seized “several firearms” as well as “additional evidence” related to the murder investigation, according to Mendez.

Based on their investigation, officials arrested both Metoyer and Johnson for Reyes’ murder. The two men were later booked into Robert Presley Detention Center on two counts each of first degree murder. According to Mendez, charges of gang enhancement allegations and use of a firearm would be included in the suspects’ charges.

Both men remain in custody and are being held without bail and the pair is scheduled to be arraigned at Riverside’s Hall of Justice, Jan. 3.

ORIGINAL STORY: UPDATE: Christmas eve shooting in MV leaves one injured, one dead

Online jail records indicate that at the time of the deadly shooting Metoyer was out of jail on $10,000 bail, related to another Moreno Valley PD arrest on Nov. 9.

He was released Nov. 12 – after spending just three days in jail – after he was booked on suspicion of two felony charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. No other details or information about that arrest were immediately available.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Callers can refer to incident file number MV183580220 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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