A Murrieta man accused of beating up a 17-year-old and then taking his bicycle was behind bars today.
Officers located and arrested James Andrew Cuevas III, 20, a day after he allegedly physically assaulted a 17-year-old boy Tuesday night in the area of Hancock Avenue and Parkcrest Drive, Murrieta police Sgt. Don Weller said in a news release.
The assault was reported at 9:24 p.m. Monday, according to Weller.
"After the assault, the suspect had taken the victims' bicycle and fled prior to police arrival," Weller said. "At the time of this initial call for service, the victim was only able to provide limited information on the suspect. The victim sustained minor to moderate injuries from the assault."
Through investigation, officers identified the suspect as Cuevas, the sergeant said.
He was arrested without incident at 11:09 p.m. Tuesday in the 39000 block of Avenida Palizada.
Cuevas was booked at Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and probation violation, Weller said.
He was being held on $30,000 bail as of Wednesday morning, sheriff's jail records indicated.
Police were continuing their investigation into the incident. Anyone with additional information was asked to call Officer Dishon at 951-461-6897 or the on-duty watch commander at 951-696-3600. Information may also be provided anonymously through “We Tip” by calling 1-800-78-CRIME.
Editor's Note: This article was corrected at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 5 to reflect that Cuevas was arrested the day after the attack, not the same day. Patch apologizes for the mistake.