Three men were arrested on suspicion of shooting at the wild burros that are known for roaming the hills of Moreno Valley.
Eduardo Loza, 19, and Joel Rodriguez, 21, both of Lenox, were booked into jail on suspicion of attempted animal cruelty, discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to a Riverside County sheriff’s news release and jail records.
Anthony Robert Holquin, 19, was booked on suspicion of the same three felony charges plus being a felon with a firearm and presenting false identification to a police officer, jail records show. He told police his name was Jonhy Fabela, according to the news release.
All three were booked into different jails, in Riverside, French Valley and Banning. Bail was set at $5,000 for each.
Witnesses reported seeing three men shooting at the animals about 12:50 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the 9700 block of Sunnybrook Drive, the release said.
Deputies showed up and found the three suspects and a gun. They also found physical evidence that a gun was fired, though they found no indication that any of the animals was injured, the release said.
After interviewing the suspects and witnesses, deputies arrested the trio, the release said.
The incident is under investigation and anybody with information was asked to call the sheriff’s Moreno Valley station at 951-486-6700.