Judge Stands Firm on $1 Million Bail for Man Accused in Deadly Beating of Menifee Car Wash Manager

Police allege that Jeremy Joseph Robbins beat up a 60-year-old car wash manager when he thought the man had stolen his dry cleaning.

Jeremy Robbins' booking photo courtesy Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Jeremy Robbins' booking photo courtesy Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

A man accused of fatally beating a Menifee car wash manager in the mistaken belief that the victim had stolen from him will have to stay in jail, after failing Thursday to convince a judge that his $1 million bail was excessive.

Jeremy Joseph Robbins, 37, of Lancaster could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted in the March death of Wesley Uyekawa.

Robbins appeared Thursday before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan for a bail-setting conference. Deputy Public Defender Michael Micallef had requested the hearing, making a motion that Dugan consider lowering his client's bond based on a lack of serious criminal history.

Dugan was not swayed by the argument, leaving the amount unchanged and scheduling a felony settlement conference in the case for July 24. Robbins is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to sheriff's Lt. Joe Borja, the defendant and Uyekawa did not know one another, and their presumed first encounter was the day of the alleged attack.

Borja said that on the evening of March 22, Robbins visited the self- serve car wash that Uyekawa managed near Interstate 215 and McCall Boulevard. The defendant had removed dry-cleaning from his vehicle and placed it a short distance away while he vacuumed the interior of his car.

"The suspect unknowingly left the clothing behind when he drove away from the location," Borja said.

According to the sheriff's Central Homicide Unit spokesman, Robbins returned about 10 a.m. the following day to retrieve the articles, but they had been snatched by another car wash customer.

"He accused the victim of taking the clothes, but the victim didn't know anything about it," Borja said.

An argument ensued, and Robbins allegedly punched and threw the 60-year- old Uyekawa to the ground.

Deputies were called to the location a short time later and took a report from the victim before he was hospitalized for extreme abdominal pain, according to sheriff's Sgt. Ray Huskey.

Uyekawa left the hospital later that day. Around 9:30 a.m. on March 24, one of Uyekawa's co-workers discovered him dead on the floor of his apartment, located at the business, according to Huskey.

He said evidence indicated that the victim "died due to medical complications attributed to the initial assault."

Relying on surveillance video captured by cameras at the location, investigators were able to identify Robbins as the alleged assailant and arrested him a few days later at his Lancaster home.


– City News Service. 

all-c-ing-eye June 20, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Think back, And how many times have we all [yes we all] have had suspicions about people that were later proved wrong? Either we kept it to ourselves or came out and accused publicly someone that never should have been accused in the first place. We cant seem to accept that we are stupid and make mistakes ourselves but cant conceive the possibility of that. In this case the man was forgetful and left his clothes behind and actually expected someone to cover his a-s for his mistake, thats pretty arrogant. Most business owners would do the right and proper thing as a grateful clientele will be happy to return again. Plain and simple this man stepped beyond the boundaries of civil behavior as he jumped to a knee jerk reaction and now a man is dead all over some dry cleaning. Perhaps justice will be served if he spends the next 25yrs in the prison laundry room.
Steve M June 20, 2014 at 04:10 PM
"lack of serious criminal history", maybe this was the fight that got serious.
Community Member June 20, 2014 at 04:12 PM
I like your point of view all-c-ing-eye
Steve M June 20, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Did he have malice aforethought? No, "knee jerk reaction", voluntary manslaughter, with a good lawyer, 15 years, with a great lawyer, probation.
Psychic One June 20, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Knee jerk reaction? He killed someone. He has a history of uncontrollable anger. Time for justice.


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